We answer your questions about how the cost of living crisis is affecting LGBTQIA+ workers
LGBTQIA+ workers are struggling in the face of the cost of living crisis – experiencing pay gaps, discrimination and higher household costs.
The LGBTQIA+ pay gap stands at circa 16 per cent, meaning that those workers are bringing home £6,700 less per year than non-LGBTQIA+ workers.
Contrary to the myth of the ‘pink pound’ – that this community has more disposable income – LGBTQIA+ workers are in fact more likely to work in sectors such as culture, travel and hospitality – which were hit hard by the pandemic. Young LGBTQIA+ workers are on the frontline of low pay, zero hours contracts and job insecurity.
Of all the homeless people in the UK, one in four is LGBTQIA+. And many LGBTQIA+ people experience bullying and abuse.
They also often have additional household costs such as fertility treatments, transition-related healthcare, and costs associated with moving to urban areas.
Our research also shows that employers are not equipped to deal with the issues facing LGBTQIA+ workers. YouGov polling for the TUC last June found that only one in eight employers monitors their LGBTQIA+ pay gap.
And one in five (21 per cent) of workplaces do not have any policies in place to support their LGBTQIA+ staff.
LGBTQIA+ workers need a pay rise, protection from harassment, and we need to get rid of the myth of the ‘pink pound’ once and for all.
Would you like to attend TUC LGBT+ conference?
The two-day event, taking place on 29 and 30 June in London, provides an opportunity for any LGBTQIA+ CSP member to shape the work of the TUC and affiliate trade unions. Each year, we send a small delegation to conference and submit motions on relevant topics.
Alongside this, conference provides delegates with an opportunity to:
- understand issues affecting trade unionists and workers in the UK and internationally.
- have your voice heard – conference provides you with an opportunity to speak on issues affecting LGBTQIA+ people, healthcare and other issues.
- hear keynote speakers.
- attend fringe events and network.
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