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ILO statement on LBGTI workers
Last week, on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said that a human-centred future of work that leaves no-one behind must include LGBTI workers.

Part of his statement: "Fifty years ago riots broke out on the streets of New York in protest at the discrimination and violence faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community at the time. Known as the Stonewall riots, these events are now remembered as one of the most important historical moments in the fight for LGBTI rights.

"We've seen significant progress since then, with some 80 countries passing laws prohibiting discrimination based on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics. However, the rate of progress is too slow and is, in some cases, regressing. The reality is that 50 years on from the Stonewall riots, many LGBTI people continue to face high levels of discrimination, violence, harassment, persecution and stigma, including in the workplace."
Read more: Ensure justice and protection for LGBTI workers, International Labour Organisation

More bad news for Monsanto
After being ordered to pay a massive payout (SafetyNet 486), the company has now been accused of compiling a potentially illegal dossier on its opponents. French newspaper Le Monde last week revealed government officials are investigating a potentially illegal file compiled by Monsanto on critics of its chemicals and genetically modified crops. The document was prepared for the company by PR agency Fleishman Hillard, which in 2018 also "helped Monsanto Company (now part of Bayer) develop their 2017 Sustainability Report: Growing Better Together." Bayer says it has now dropped the global public relations firm.
Read more BBC News Online on Monsanto's dossier of opponents. Le Monde (in French). Source: Risks 897

EU: Napo promotes the golden rules of workplace safety and health
Napo, the EU-OSHA's lovable character, steps in to help promote the International Social Security Association's (ISSA's) '7 golden rules - for zero accidents and healthy work'. The rules are part of the Vision Zero global campaign which EU-OSHA supports.

Napo and colleagues feature in a short video promoting each of the seven rules in a light-hearted way. The rules start right at the top with leadership commitment and work down to improving workers' qualifications and investing in people.

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