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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


Trade unions across Europe have called on employers to work with them to halt domestic violence, at a conference to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Friday).
25 November 2016
Sheffield City Council became the first employer in Yorkshire to sign up to the TUC's charter for helping terminally ill workers on 22 November.
24 November 2016
There will be 16 days of activism from the 25th November - the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – to 10 th December, Human Rights Day. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanise action to end violence...
24 November 2016
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the union reps responding to the TUC’s 2016 Equality Audit said that disability-related sickness absence was the number one equality issue they dealt with at work. The finding comes from a TUC study published today (Tuesday) on the first day of Disability History Month.
22 November 2016
Download Transforming the Workplace - Guide for trade union activists (PDF) Trans people want and expect to be treated with dignity, fairness and equality. Unions can have a major role in ensuring that all workplaces provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. Trans people face massive discrimination in the workplace...
20 November 2016
Date: Sunday 20 November 2016 Today (Sunday), on Transgender Day of Remembrance, the TUC has published new guidance for union reps on how to better support trans people in the workplace. The TUC believes transgender people are at risk of discrimination at work. In March a study showed that three...
20 November 2016
TUC Disabled Workers Conference The TUC Disabled Workers Conference brings together activists from across the UK. Paperwork from the conference can be found here.
17 November 2016
The TUC LGBT Workers Conference brings together trade union activists from across the UK. Here is the paperwork from the 2016 conference.
17 November 2016
This reps guide provides useful information on supporting trans members in the workplace. It includes the legal framework, practical advice, case studies and good practice.
17 November 2016
As recent polling showed that nearly half (46%) of women working in football have experienced sexism in the workplace, the TUC and Women in Football are joining forces this evening (Wednesday) to tackle sexism and sexual harassment in the sport and beyond.
09 November 2016

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