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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 (Thursday), on Transgender Day of Remembrance, the TUC is calling for an end to violence against trans people and for specialist support services for trans people to be protected from government spending cuts. The TUC will join trans people and their supporters today in remembering those who have been...
20 November 2014
Commenting on the latest annual pay statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which show that the full-time median gender pay gap reduced to 9.4 per cent in 2014 (from 10 per cent the year before) – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good...
19 November 2014
Hard on the heels of equal pay day and the continued disparity between men and women in the world of employment we see another rise in female unemployment in the region. Whilst many of those in power just look at the headline figure and slap themselves on the back there's...
17 November 2014
In this issue: Equality Conferences; Discrimination Law Conference; Equality Officers Briefings; Women’s Conference deadlines; Black Workers’ Conference deadlines; Disabled Workers Conference; LGBT Conference; Trade Union Women’s Reception; UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Event; UK Disability History Month
14 November 2014
More than 40 years after the Dagenham strikes and the Equal Pay Act, women’s earnings are still considerably lower than men’s – with the "gender pay gap" sitting at 15.7% for full-time workers. This means that women effectively work for free from Tuesday 4 th November (equal pay day) until...
10 November 2014
Men working full-time are twice as likely to earn over £50,000 a year as full-time women, according to new TUC analysis of official figures published to mark Equal Pay Day today (Tuesday).
04 November 2014
Colleagues from PCS have worked with the International Slavery Museum to put together a talk to discuss the topic of 'Arts, culture and racism' as part of a series of events during Black History Month. The event has been partly organised by Zita Holbourne, from the PCS NEC, and local...
24 October 2014
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

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