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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


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
The 2017 dates for Prides across the UK
14 February 2017
Sexist dress codes for women in the workplace are still imposed by too many employers and should be punished by law, MPs told the government. According to a report by two parliamentary groups, including the Women and Equalities Committee, laws banning discriminatory dress codes and enshrined in the Equality Act...
30 January 2017
Commenting on a report published today (Thursday) by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
26 January 2017
Commenting on the report on high heels and workplace dress codes published by the Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
25 January 2017
By lunchtime on the first Wednesday of 2017, top bosses had already made more money than the typical UK worker will earn all year. And the average pay ratio between FTSE100 CEOs and the average total pay of their employees in 2015 was 129:1. The High Pay Centre’s ‘Fat Cat...
09 January 2017
We have a new survey that is investigating diversity/equality at work. The results will form a very important part of our work on this issue and your voice and experiences in Welsh workplaces would be much appreciated. The survey is bilingual and completely confidential although we will use broad trends...
23 December 2016
Last chance to share your experience about racism. Survey will close Monday 27 February. Racism is on the rise. For many Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) workers , racism at work is part of their everyday life. Today, the TUC is launching an online survey to expose the everyday reality...
14 December 2016
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

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