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Ricardo de Menezes

In this podcast Ricardo de Menezes from Canada talks about attending the human rights conference.

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The abstract recounts a 6-minute interview with Ricardo de Menezes from Canada, recorded at Wellington Town Hall on March 16, 2011. Menezes, a staff representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers in Canada, discusses their role in advocating for workplace human rights, particularly concerning the GB LT (gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender) community. The union's effort to address workplace discrimination, especially in sectors that have been historically less inclusive, is highlighted. The importance of incorporating gender expression and equality into collective agreements to ensure employer accountability is emphasized.

Menezes outlines the complexities surrounding the reporting and proving of discrimination in workplaces. The fear among employees of retaliation makes it challenging to formally address these issues, with Menezes noting that less than 10% of those experiencing discrimination come forward. The interviewee underscores the union's role as a safe haven and advocate for those affected, helping to navigate the legal processes and providing protection.

The conversation then shifts to the broader societal context and the pace of progress. Although society is becoming more accepting, Menezes suggests that there is still a strong desire for more rapid change. The pace at which transgender issues are becoming normalized is particularly lagging, leading to continuing challenges for advocates.

The significance of attending human rights conferences is also touched upon. Menezes values these events as opportunities for networking, learning, and gathering ideas that can be implemented within the union and on a national level. They share that their union is actively participating in pride parades across Canada, emphasizing the importance of visibility in fostering community support and organizational strength.

Menezes ends the interview with an optimistic outlook, hoping for increased union density and diverse representation at the highest levels of power. They envision a future where gender identity and sexuality do not impede one’s ability to work without fear of discrimination.

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Record date:16th March 2011
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Wellington Town Hall, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004185).