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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


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25 May 2016
Brexit risks “turning the clock black decades” on women’s rights, according to a new report published by the TUC today (Tuesday). TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Women have made huge gains in the workplace as a result of EU membership, ranging from protection against pregnancy discrimination to fairer pay,...
24 May 2016
This report outlines 20 ways in which EU law has improved the rights of working women in the UK and it considers the threat to rights if there is a vote to leave.
24 May 2016
The government is “years behind schedule” in delivering its manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Wednesday).
18 May 2016
This resource for trade unions reps seeks to increase understanding of the law and its limitations in relation to sickness absence and disability discrimination. As a result of the law and of growing awareness of its existence, it has become more unusual for disabled workers to face dismissal or unequal...
17 May 2016
The TUC has published a briefing today (Tuesday) on the ways in which LGBT workers have benefitted from the UK’s membership of the EU, and the risks to their rights from Brexit.
17 May 2016
In recent decades, the number of people employed on a part-time or temporary basis has grown. These workers have often been marginalised and denied certain rights and benefits. EU law has helped improve their rights at work.
10 May 2016
Commenting on the launch today of a review led by Baroness McGregor-Smith into barriers affecting people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds at work, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is an important review. The harsh reality is that BME workers are still more likely to be lower...
10 May 2016
In the workplace LGBT people may experience oppression and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It is critical that trade union reps and negotiators have the tools to bargain for LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
29 April 2016
Paddling furiously: this book is correctly named in so many ways! Our last report, Swimming against the tide , was published, in 2012, half way through the multifaceted attacks on working people launched by the Coalition Government. And now we experience the unfettered onslaught from this Conservative majority Government (a...
25 April 2016

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