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.
Unions continue to make progress in bargaining for equality; whether it is equal pay, flexible working, pensions or bullying and harassment.
This report is full of examples of smart and effective bargaining for positive changes. And at the workplace level, reps are working day in and day out to tackle issues including disability and mental health, performance management inequality and work/life balance. The audit provides a rich resource of examples of the approaches unions have taken and the successes they have been able to achieve.
The next TUC Equality Audit will be carried out in 2018. It will focus on trade unions' efforts to further equality in the workplace through collective bargaining.