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The biennial TUC equality audits came out of an important TUC rule change in 2001, which committed the TUC and unions to promote equality in all aspects of our work. The first audit was carried out in 2003 and provided a yardstick of equality issues in all union activities. Since then the audits have alternated between focusing on how unions pursue equality issues through collective bargaining and on how union membership, rules and internal structures reflect the diversity of the workforce.


Equality Audit 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 2012 audit, provide important reading for all member unions.

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The next TUC Equality Audit will be carried out in 2016. It will focus on trade unions' efforts to further equality in the workplace through collective bargaining. 

Half of all TUC-affiliated unions are running targeted recruitment campaigns at LGBT workers, an increase from 38 per cent of unions in 2011, according to the 2014 Equality Audit published today (Tuesday).
09 September 2014
10 years ago the TUC setup a biannual equality audit. This was in response to the findings of its own Stephen Lawrence task group. The aim of the audit was to ensure unions were doing all they could to promote equality and eliminate harassment, prejudice and discrimination in the workplace...
09 September 2014
The 2014 survey of union structures, policies and services relating to equality
20 August 2014
Commenting on the report on women in the workplace published today (Thursday) by the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
20 June 2013
It is nearly 10 years since the TUC carried out its first audit of trade unions' equality structures and collective bargaining activities. Over that time we have seen some significant achievements in the workplace and steady improvements in how trade unions have responded to a more diverse workforce and membership...
19 September 2012
Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday) that the government is to cut the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) budget, outsource its helpline and scale back the public sector equalities duty, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
15 May 2012
Work-life balance guidance is the most requested equality issue, with two thirds of unions asked for pointers and advice, according to the TUC 2009 Equality Audit published today (Monday).
14 September 2009
Progress on Bargaining for Equality at Work
14 September 2009
The TUC 2007 Equality Audit published today (Monday) has highlighted a major recruitment drive for migrant workers across the trade union movement, reflecting unions' rapid response to the changing make-up of the labour market.
10 September 2007
This seminar is aimed at trade union reps who want to take forward equality issues in their workforce.
18 May 2007