REGARDLESS of their sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and sex characteristics (Sogiesc), all workers must have decent jobs and equal opportunities at work, according to labor groups.
Workers who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ still experience employment discrimination in hiring, work assignment, designation, promotion, among others, said labor groups in a joint statement by the Philippine affiliates of Public Services International (PSI), the National Public Workers Congress (Publik) and Women Workers United (WWU).
“No worker should be treated unfairly or differently, or denied their human and labor rights, just because of their Sogiesc,” the labor groups stated.
They added that LGBTQIA+ workers continue to face “various forms of violence and harassment at work, including physical violence, psychological violence, sexual abuse and economic violence.”
According to the International Labour Group (ILO), the Philippines does not yet have a “national comprehensive law that prohibits discrimination” based on one’s Sogiesc.
The labor groups resonate with ILO, calling the Senate to “immediately concur” with the ratification of the ILO Convention 190.
The ILO Convention 190 of 2019 addresses the violence and harassment incidents at a workplace. This also addresses gender-based violence and harassment at work.
So far, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has already signed and ratified the ILO Convention 190 and endorsed it to the Senate for concurrence.
Earlier in June, Marcos assured the members of the LGBTQIA+ community that the government will protect them against discrimination.
The labor group also called for the government to enact the SOGIE Bill “to strengthen the protection of people with diverse Sogiesc against discrimination and violence at work.”
“We will continue to lobby with the government and employers in order to promote safer, more equitable and inclusive workplaces for all,” elements of PSI, PUBLIK and WWU said.