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Download TUC gender checklist (PDF) Introduction People come in all
​Unions have a crucial role in ensuring that all workers
The government review into survivor benefits estimated that 27 per

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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


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
This report looks at the employment of disabled people and in particular examines the employment of people with depression and mental illness. Disability is not just a barrier to getting employment. Some people may become disabled while they are at work, which may require adaptations to their job. And some...
18 May 2017
Only 1 in 4 (26.2%) people with a mental illness or phobia lasting for 12 months or more are in work, according to a report published by the TUC to coincide with its Disabled Workers’ Conference today (Thursday). The TUC is concerned that this suggests employers are failing to make...
18 May 2017
On Saturday April 29th 2017, the Nottingham Trade Union Education Centre, part of Central College Nottingham, hosted a one day course for trade unionists on the issue of Domestic Violence. The event was designed and organised by TUC tutor Helen Nolan and was open to reps and members of any...
04 May 2017
Download A TUC guide on gender in occupational safety and health (PDF) Introduction Unions are committed to improving the working lives and conditions of all workers. Pressing for healthy, safe workplaces for everyone is part and parcel of the union representative’s role. Being aware of the issues relating to gender...
21 April 2017
Commenting on the announcement today (Friday) that the government will issue new guidance to improve compliance with laws that ban sexist dress codes at work, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is a welcome step towards getting rid of sexist dress codes in the workplace. But the new guidance...
21 April 2017
Download TUC gender checklist (PDF) Introduction People come in all shapes and when it comes to health and safety the “one size fits all” approach just does not apply. Nowhere is that clearer than when we are looking at gender. Considering gender in health and safety is a very real...
21 April 2017
An interim report about the experiences of Black and minority ethnic workers in the workplace. Let’s talk about racism - report Executive Summary Trade unions have a long history of opposing racism and discrimination in the workplace. In recent years, though, the debate has narrowed to focus only on access...
07 April 2017
New opinion polling released today (Friday) by Opinium Research shows the majority of ethnic minority people in the UK (52%) think the UK has become less tolerant since the Brexit vote.
07 April 2017

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