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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.

Equality specific TUC Education training programmes are available. To find out more please visit equality training courses

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 2011 audit, provide important reading for all member unions. Visit Equality Audit 2014 page


Today (Wednesday) as the Royal Court of Justice starts hearing a case against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), a TUC-backed film – in which severely disabled people explain how the fund has helped them – is being distributed online. A judicial review brought by three disabled people...
22 October 2014
Despite 40 years of equality legislation and an increasingly diverse workforce, significant inequalities persist in Britain’s workplaces. There is a 30 per cent gap in the employment rate between working age disabled people and non-disabled people. Disabled people are more likely to be in lower skilled jobs and three in...
17 October 2014
Responding to comments made at the Conservative Party Conference by Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud – which were revealed today (Wednesday) during Prime Minister’s Questions – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Wherever they work and whoever they work for, disabled people are entitled to equal pay. “Instead of opening...
15 October 2014
The right of disabled people to live independently was established in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was ratified by the British government in 2010. The Independent Living Fund provides support for severely disabled people to enable them to live in their own homes...
26 September 2014
The TUC Women's Conference 2014 unanimously carried a resolution reaffirming the TUC's support for Abortion Rights and a woman's right to choose.
22 September 2014
The TUC Women's Conference carried a composite resolution on Childcare this year. The Women's Conference is entitled to send one motion to Congress each year. The motion is chosen by a ballot. The resolution on childcare was chosen to go to Congress.
22 September 2014
The TUC Women's Committee for 2014-15. The Committee comprises women General Council members and 18 women elected at TUC Women's Conference.
22 September 2014
This national conference takes place at the end of the campaign year, Unite for Quality Education. The campaign aims to secure quality education for every child and young person on the planet. Against this backdrop, the conference will consider why education equality for girls and women should be a national...
22 September 2014
New employment tribunal statistics published today (Thursday) show that the new system of charging upfront fees is resulting in a major reduction in claims, says the TUC. The statistics are the third quarterly set of figures since the new fees system was introduced and show that women, low-paid workers, disabled...
11 September 2014
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

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