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The TUC campaigns against discrimination at work and in wider society. Unions have always been at the forefront of the drive for equality at work, whether through the struggle for equal pay, through tackling racism or working for equal access to learning and skills. This section will keep you up to date with the latest TUC equality information.

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Ageing workplaces present major challenges to the trade union movement in terms of organising, representation and bargaining. Trade unions’ approach to work and retirement has rested on four pillars: that it represents release from financial dependency on work; is a reward for a lifetime of work; frees up jobs for...
21 August 2014
The 2014 survey of union structures, policies and services relating to equality, featuring a response rate covering 95 per cent of the TUC’s 5.6 million British trade union members. The results, which can be compared with those from the 2011 audit, provide important reading for all member unions. Downloads Equality...
20 August 2014
Domestic violence may happen behind closed doors but it has far reaching consequences and is known to have an impact on the working lives of those living with an abusive partner. The scale of the problem is huge. In the UK, in any one year, more than one in five...
19 August 2014
Annual essay competition - closing date Saturday 18 October 2014
18 July 2014
Trade unions have pressed for equalisation of survivor benefits for decades. Successive governments have recognised that discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation is wrong and have legislated to stop it occurring. But by failing to fully backdate the entitlement to equal survivor pensions such discrimination will continue for some...
02 July 2014
In just a generation, there has been a profound change in attitudes and culture on sexuality and transgender. Of course, all too often ‘gay’ is still thrown round as a casual term of abuse in schools, and homophobic bullying has found a new outlet online and in social media. But...
01 July 2014
From today (Monday) all employees who’ve been in their jobs for more than half a year have the right to ask their employers if they can work flexibly.
30 June 2014
Commenting on a report published today (Thursday) by the government – which estimates that more than one in four defined benefit schemes in the private sector discriminate against same-sex couples – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
26 June 2014
Speaking to delegates attending the annual TUC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Conference later today (Thursday), TUC Assistant General Secretary, Paul Nowak, said:
26 June 2014
Some widowers, surviving civil partners and same-sex spouses receive a lot less each year than widows just because of their gender and/or sexual orientation.
20 June 2014

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