TUC publishes an ‘equalities sat nav' for unions

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date: 12 May 2008

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The TUC has researched and published a comprehensive review of trade unions' equality structures and activities. The book, entitled 'Treading Water', will be launched at a reception to be held 14 May, in central London. The review is the eighth survey of equality in trade unions conducted by SERTUC, which is the TUC region responsible for London, the South East and the East of England.

Megan Dobney, SERTUC Regional Secretary will say:

'The principle of 'equality for all' is the foundation of trade unionism. Sadly, discrimination against people because of their gender, race, age, sexual orientation, belief and physical attributes is still commonplace, and it is both very offensive and hugely damaging to the welfare of individuals, and the communities in which we live and work.

'So it is essential that trade unions are at the leading edge of campaigns for positive reform, that they we are seen to be exemplars for best practice and that we are widely regarded as being effective advocates for people at work who are seeking to secure their equal rights.

'Treading Water, which has gathered information and case studies from unions that represent more than ninety-four percent of trade union members in the region, is much more than a snapshot of where we are. Every trade union rep or activist can use it as an 'equalities sat nav' to guide their next step or as a resource that describes ideas for positive action. Or reps can use it to assure themselves that they are not struggling alone, they have colleagues fighting similar battles from whom they can draw strength, inspiration or a little helpful advice.'

The research for the review, and its publication, were supported the European Social Fund, Equal Project.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

'Treading Water' is available free from SERTUC. Please contact 020 7467 1292 or email dlewis@tuc.org.uk for a copy. The publication is supported by the European Social Fund.

The reception will be held at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS, commencing at 6pm. All trade unionists are welcome to attend. Journalists are welcome to attend but please inform Darren Lewis 020 7467 1220 or dlewis@tuc.org.uk

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

- SERTUC is the TUC region for London, the South East and the East of England, where more than 2 million trade union members live and work.

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Contacts:

Media enquiries:
Laurie Heselden T: 020 7467 1292 M: 0781 800 2877 E: lheselden@tuc.org.uk

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