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The government review into survivor benefits estimated that 27 per
The TUC works with allies to challenge homophobia and transphobia

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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 2016

Unions continue to make progress in bargaining for equality; whether it is equal pay, flexible working, pensions or bullying and harassment. The Equality Audit 2016 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. Visit Equality Audit 2016 page


New mums in UK receive just 6 weeks of decently-paid maternity leave - Only mothers in Ireland and Slovakia have worse decently-paid entitlement - Croatia tops table with 6 months’ decently-paid leave UK mums get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC...
24 March 2017
Over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found.
17 March 2017
The TUC is today (Friday) launching a major new survey into how lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people find working life in the UK.
10 March 2017
Frances O'Grady's speech to TUC Women's Conference 2017​, 8- 10 March, Congress House, London.
09 March 2017
Are you LGBT+? Are you currently working or have worked in the last 5 years? The TUC would like to hear from you. We want to hear from LGBT+ workers so we can shine a light on the range of issues faced by LGBT workers across the UK – many...
09 March 2017
Date: 3 March 2017 Embargo : 00.01 7 March 2017 Leicestershire County Council becomes latest employer to sign up to TUC’s Charter for helping terminally ill workers Leicestershire County Council will today (Tuesday, 7 March) add its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at...
07 March 2017
- Women’s Pay Day – the day the average woman starts getting paid compared to the average man – is on Tuesday (7 March) - Women effectively work for free for 66 days compared to men - But in some jobs women have to wait until April or even May...
03 March 2017
The government has today (Tuesday) published the McGregor-Smith Review, which looks at obstacles faced by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people trying to progress at work.
28 February 2017
Commenting on the government’s response to the Women and Equality Select Committee’s report on the gender pay gap published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
21 February 2017
One of TUC Aid's longest standing partners is the Northern Ireland based Disability Aid Abroad, which also works closely with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. In particular, we have worked together on spreading the concept of Disability Champions through the East African trade union movement. Here is the 2016...
17 February 2017

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