Human Rights

As Canadians we have rights to be treated fairly and with equality. These rights extend into our workplace. In our workplace we have the right to be treated fairly and without discrimination based on our gender, sex, disability, race, religion, or age.

Despite the laws that protect us such as the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; which our country helped write, we still face racism and discrimination in our workplaces and in our communities.

The BCGEU works closely with our national union (NUPGE) and the Canadian Labour Congress to eliminate discrimination in the workplace and in our society and continues to do so.


Equity and Human Rights Committee


Equity Questionnaire for BCGEU members

The BCGEU is committed to ensuring that our activities are accessible to sisters and brothers from all equity seeking groups. Please complete this survey and send it in.
Click here for survey.

Are you a member of the BCGEU Equity Network yet?

For the past two years, BCGEU members who identify with one or more of the four equity groups have joined the BCGEU Equity Network .

The equity groups are:

  • Aboriginal
  • Workers with Disabilities (this includes any hidden disability)
  • Workers of colour
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender

Signing up to a network puts you on a confidential mailing list and you receive information, news stories and invitations to BCGEU-sponsored cultural events. The BCGEU also welcomes any interesting articles or events from your community to distribute to the network.
The email and contact list is kept confidential. Unless you agree there is no distribution of your e mail.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please click here.

This information will go directly to the aboriginal liaison-equity officer who will be producing a group summery of the self-identification information and only contacting those who include their contact information.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact Holly Page: Phone (604) 291-9611 or 1-800-663-1674.

"My Life, My Union"

BCGEU member Kiran Kang shares her thoughts in the latest installment of the "My Life, My Union" series featured in a number of newspapers. Kang is a member of the union's provincial Women's Committee and a member of the Equity Network. Read about Kang  here.

Mimi Murray, a steward at the newly certified Surrey City Centre branch of Vancity, is profiled here.

BCGEU Vice-President Lorene Oikawa on being active in thhe BCGEU.

BCGEU Equity & Human Rights Conference

At the last BCGEU Convention delegates voted in favour of the constitutional change noted below:

Article 9.9 (a)(vii) equity and human rights committee Read more »

March 21, 2014 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

A message from Lorene Oikawa, BCGEU vice president, co-chair of the Equity + Human Rights Committee, and chair of the BC Federation of Labour Human Rights Committee Read more »

The BCGEU Celebrates Black History Month

The BCGEU and its 65,000 members across this province recognize, honour, and celebrate the contributions of all African Canadians in our union and our communities. Read more »

Russian Olympics throws spotlight on LGBT repression and street violence

National Union of Public and General EmployeesThe National Union is providing financial contribution to the Russian LGBT Network and encourages others to do likewise.  The Network is doing amazing work in the face of both state Read more »

December 18 is International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day is observed on December 18 – having been dedicated by the UN General Assembly in 2000 – and recognizes the increasing population of migrants around the world. Read more »

Celebrate Human Rights Day - December 10

The BCGEU is pleased to recognize International Human Rights Day, which is observed by the international community every year on Dec. 10 to commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read more »

BCGEU recognizes International Day for Persons with Disabilitiies

The United Nations proclaimed December 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all.” Read more »

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20

November 20 is designated as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), to remember those who have died due to transphobia – the hatred, or fear of transgendered people – and brings attention to the continuing violence against the transgendered community. Read more »

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society acknowledged by Vancouver mayor

Aboriginal people continue to comprise a disproportionate share of Vancouver's homeless population, according to the results of the most recent Homeless Count, notes an article in the Georgia Straight publication. Read more »

Tears 4 Justice Walk

Tear4Justice Walkers arriving in BC Soon

On June 21, 2013 Tears4Justice launched a national walk from Membertou, Sydney, Nova Scotia to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Their  main objective is to “raise awareness” on the plight of the hundreds of missing and murdered women and children in Canada. Read more »