“Give Me My Job Back, Say Sorry, and Don’t Do It Again” – Interview With A Worker Sacked For Being Trans

Illustrates the importance of joining a fighting union – preferably before they start giving you grief.

Red and Black Leeds

A few years ago a trans IWW member was fired for using the toilet at work, but after the company was picketed by the union, they got their job back. On trans day of visibilty RABL distributed a leaflet making reference to the case and were kindly sent an interview that was done with the worker during the campaign, before they got their job back, but was never published. We’re reproducing it here to illustrate the impact of transphobia on workers and the importance of sticking up for each other:

Can you explain what happened while you were working in [the company]?

I started using the women’s toilets in late December, having worked for [an agency] in [a company’s] office since June 2014. I’ve been going through gender transition for about 5 years, in stages of trying something new and moving on when I feel comfortable with it, and I…

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