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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

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 has fallen by 0.2 percentage points to 9.4% in 2016 (from 9.6 in 2015) – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
26 October 2016
More than 60 Health and Safety reps attended the Health & Safety Forum event held on Tuesday 18 th October in Newcastle. In her introduction, Beth Farhat, TUC Regional Secretary, said today’s event is one in a series organised by the Forum in response to requests from workplace health and...
21 October 2016
Young Workers month is coming 1st - 30th November - are you ready?
19 October 2016
Women earn £8,504 a year less than men by the time they reach their 50s, according to TUC analysis published today (Friday).
14 October 2016
1936 – 2016. They did not pass. They will not pass. Thousands of people gathered in jubilant and yet a determined mood on Sunday 9 October 2016
12 October 2016
The UCU contends that attacks on its members’ jobs and their working conditions are ultimately detrimental to the learning environment that is offered to students at London Met University, so it is asking for staff, students and the community to ‘stand strong, together, and defend education for all’.
04 October 2016
Santander signs up to TUC’s charter for helping terminally ill workers Santander Bank will today (Monday) add its name to a new charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work. Santander is the latest high-profile employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following...
03 October 2016
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) has today (Tuesday) tabled a motion to Congress highlighting the problem of sexist dress codes which force women to wear high heels at work.
13 September 2016
Unions exist to represent everyone at work, yet very few young workers are union members. This summary and the full report are intended to help unions in their organising efforts. The TUC looked at the group of young workers who would most benefit from being in a union. We have...
12 September 2016
This morning (Monday), the General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, will set out her priorities for working people, and for Brexit, in a keynote speech to the TUC Congress 2016.
12 September 2016