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Unions pay tribute to transgender people killed around the world

TRADE unions, politicians and campaigners remembered victims of hate on Transgender Day today.

Hate crimes against trans people in England and Wales rose by 11 per cent in the past year and 186 per cent in the past five years, according to the Office for National Statistics.

TUC general secretary Paul Nowak said: “Today, we remember the trans people who’ve been killed around the world and here in the UK.

“People like Brianna Ghey, a 16-year-old girl from Warrington, killed in February.

“We know that too many trans and non-binary people face discrimination across all walks of life, including at work.”

Mr Nowak urged all trans workers to join a union so they are supported, represented and heard.

“Unions stand up to and challenge discrimination and make sure workplaces are safe and inclusive for everyone, regardless of their gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or other background,” he said.

The PCS union denounced hate and vilification against the trans community and the RMT said it honoured the memory of those lost due to anti-trans violence.

Labour and the Green Party also posted tributes online.


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