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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

- John Walker today won a half-decade legal fight for equal pension benefits for his husband - Employers no longer able to exclude same-sex partners from spousal pension benefits
12 July 2017
More than one in three (36%) of LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work, according to a major new study published by the TUC today (Thursday), ahead of Pride in London and the TUC’s LGBT conference.
06 July 2017
Report about LGBT+ workers' experiences of harassment and discrimination.
06 July 2017
The Wales TUC is pleased to publish its new report ‘The Menopause: a workplace issue’ . The report, which is based on a major survey of almost 4000 workers, found that 88% of women workers who've experienced the menopause felt it has an effect on working life, while around 6...
27 June 2017
The 2017 LGBT workers conference takes place on 6 and 7 July. The theme of this year's conference is resisting attacks to LGBT+ workers rights in the face of global political changes. This will be the first digital LGBT workers conference and delegates are reminded to download documents in advance of the conference.
23 June 2017
The 2017 Disabled Worker's Conference took place on 18 and 19 May. Papers include the agenda and committee report to conference.
22 June 2017
- More than 157,000 new fathers did not qualify for paternity leave or pay last year - TUC calls on new government to give new dads better paternity leave and pay entitlements
18 June 2017
Download Insecure work and Ethnicity report (PDF) In December 2016 the TUC published a new report, Living on the edge, looking at the extent of insecure work in Britain today. The report found that there are 3.2 million people who face insecurity in work in the UK, either because they...
02 June 2017
Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers are over a third more likely than white workers to be stuck in temporary or zero-hours work, according to a new TUC report released today (Friday).
02 June 2017
This TUC guide is for trade union reps to bargain for accessible apprenticeship policies in the workplace. It sets out the current economic situation for disabled people, the barriers disabled people face, government initiatives to support disabled workers and provides a checklist for reps. The guide also provides good practise...
23 May 2017