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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


In 2011 the TUC audit reported that the NUJ had decided not to introduce reserved seats for women on its National Executive Committee. Following that decision, there was a campaign to improve female representation in other ways. A motion was passed at its delegate conference that said everyone in every...
02 October 2014
When Jaine Peacock started as a bus driver at Stagecoach in the Eastern region in 2004, just 15 out of the 250 drivers were women. Since 2006, in her role as a Unite rep she has worked with the company to make the job and workplace better for women members,...
02 October 2014
David Pitt joined the fire service in 2009 and not long into his service he took on the role of union rep. He says: “I initially joined the union to get that protection that everyone wants should something wrong happen at work and you need representation. But after witnessing the...
02 October 2014
UNISON has taken a number of actions to encourage LGBT members to become shop stewards or branch officers. These include piloting a branch LGBT officer training course in 2013, which was run again at national level in LGBT History Month in 2014 and has been rolled out to the regions...
02 October 2014
Usdaw has recently run a project to encourage more of its black and Asian members to participate in the Usdaw/Tesco joint consultative structures. The project focused on three of its south London stores that each had a large black and Asian workforce. Get-togethers were organised near to the stores, which...
02 October 2014
PCS undertook a gender proportionality survey to identify barriers to activism among its under-represented groups. The majority of PCS members are women (59.9 per cent), which is reflective of the gender make up of the civil service. 53 per cent of all civil servants and 57 per cent of civil...
02 October 2014
The GMB’s LGBT self-organised group, GMB Shout!, has a two-year project called Putting the T back in LGBT, which is aimed at raising member, employer, union, national and international awareness of the transgender community, their rights and supporting them in and out of work. As part of the project it...
02 October 2014
The 2011 TUC Equality Audit recorded that the TSSA had undertaken a project on workers with dyslexia. Since then, this has evolved into a wider programme on ‘neurodiversity’, a term covering dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), and autistic spectrum disorders (autism/Asperger syndrome). In 2012 the union commissioned the...
02 October 2014
The NUJ has campaigned for better representation of BME journalists in the media and its union charity, the George Viner Memorial Fund, also raises awareness of this issue. The fund, established in 1986, has contributed to the costs of journalism training of 180 BME students. The NUJ has recruited new...
02 October 2014
Prospect’s campaign to raise the profile of professional women in male-dominated industries, particularly those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has helped attract and engage women in the union. The campaign included the production of a ‘Prospect pioneers’ calendar to celebrate the success of its women members in male-dominated...
30 September 2014

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