Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has introduced a new guide to support trans employees. The new guidelines, which were developed in consultation with PSAC and other unions, are the first of their kind in the federal government.
“PSAC welcomes this groundbreaking document and we hope to see a government-wide policy soon,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.
The guide - Support for trans employees: A guide for employees and managers - outlines practices designed to assist employees who have transitioned or are in the process of doing so. It was developed by a working group that included Lori Walton, a representative from PSAC-GSU, and PSAC member Kate Hart, a trans activist.
“It’s a very important document to help change the overall workplace culture,” said Hart, emphasizing that the guide clarifies that the transitioning process “needs to be driven by the trans person, not the manager.”
The guide’s stated purpose is “to provide a safe, respectful and inclusive work environment for all employees, including trans and gender variant employees.”
The objectives of these guidelines are to:
- communicate information and best practices in cases of gender transition
- define norms of appropriate conduct of employees
- provide a list of resources
“I was proud to have been part of this process to help to ensure that not only would our GSU members benefit from it, but ultimately it would lay the groundwork for all public service workers,” said Walton.