LabourStart Events Code of Conduct


LabourStart events bring together trade unionists from around the world in solidarity.  Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our movement.

As unionists mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, religion, language and ethnic origin.

Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.

Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our unions.

LabourStart’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to equality. Comrades attending LabourStart events, LabourStart volunteers and guests must be mindful that all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.

LabourStart’s reason for being is to create and strengthen union-to-union and worker-to-worker solidarity across national boundaries.  LabourStart volunteers are committed to mobilizing our energy and skills to work together to promote these values and to attain these goals in our unions, our communities, and globally.

We ask that everyone attending a LabourStart event join us in this.  We are committed to creating a union event which is inclusive, welcoming, and free from harassment, discrimination and all types of bullying and intimidation.

LabourStart  needs to ensure that we provide a safe environment for all as we carry out our work. LabourStart’s expectation is that mutual respect, understanding and co-operation will be the basis of all our interaction.
As comrades we commit to one another and to the global labour movement to be governed by the principles of the Code of Conduct and agree to:
  • Abide by the provisions of the this Code of Conduct.
  • Respect the views of others, even when we disagree.
  • Recognize and value individual differences.
  • Communicate openly.
  • Support and encourageeach other.
  • Make sure that we do not harass ordiscriminate against each other.
  • Commit to not engaging in offensive comment or conduct.
  • Make sure that we do not act in ways that are aggressive, bullying, or intimidating.
  • Take responsibility for not engaging in inappropriate behaviour due to abuse of alcohol or other drugs while participating in union activities, including social events.
Complaints that this Code of Conduct has been violated should be directed immediately to LabourStart’s conference staff at 1-647-448-2687.  If required, Ryerson University Security will be available throughout the conference.
In an emergency, Toronto Police and Ambulance services can be reached by dialing 911.

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