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The TUC campaigns against racial discrimination, institutional racism and for race equality for Black workers at work and in society. The TUC uses the term Black worker as a political description of workers  who are viewed and treated as culturally and intellectually inferior because they are perceived to be non white and who often share  a common history of  oppression and exploitation through colonialism  and imperialism.

The TUC’s work on campaigning for race equality has been guided by the TUC Race Relations Committee which was established in 1985 and by the annual TUC Black workers conference which first met in 1988.

Following the tragic death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, the subsequent successful campaign supported by the TUC for an inquiry into his death, and the publication of Sir William Macpherson's Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report in 1999, the TUC set up its own Task Group in 2000. The Task Group's work was an extension of the priority given by the General Council to race issues, As a result of the task group’s work the TUC constitution was changed in 2001 making it a condition of membership that unions fight and promote equality.

Advice and information

The TUC publishes guidance for trade unions on tackling racism in the workplace taking into account recent legal changes and current good practice,

There are now Black workers groups within all major UK trade unions; members should visit their union’s website for further information. In addition, regional trade union Black Workers Committees or networks function in most of the TUC regions and in Wales.

The TUC also publishes Black Matters a newsletter bringing you news on issues about black workers and employment. Subscribe here.

You can find recent TUC information and materials on the work of the TUC in the following areas

Black Workers and the Labour Market
- Black Workers Conference

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10 May 2016
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18 April 2016
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15 April 2016
This report, published to coincide with the TUC’s 2016 Black Workers Conference, uses analysis of recent official statistics to show that levels of unemployment are higher for black workers, regardless of qualification levels.
15 April 2016
Black workers with degrees earn 23.1% less on average than white workers with degrees, according to new analysis published by the TUC.
01 February 2016
The issue of immigration is never far from the headlines, commentary is often misleading, dangerously simplistic and feeds into a worrying narrative of anti-immigration sentiment. Our Education Workers have noticed this trend in their workshops and are increasingly hearing racist ideas and attitudes expressed towards migrant communities. Our response was...
24 November 2015
Statement from the Northern TUC and the Northern Public Services Alliance in response to planned EDL demonstration in North Shields on Saturday August 1 st ‘The North East has strong communities and we value our multiculturalism. We are clear that the economic and social challenges faced by the region will...
29 July 2015
Business in the Community is conducting the largest ever workplace survey of race at work in the UK. They want to hear from 10,000 working ethnic minority people and understand their experience of the UK’s workplaces.
27 July 2015
The RMT is hosting a weekend school from 10:00 am Friday 10 July to 2:00 pm on 12 July 2015 for trade unionists to discuss “What is the role of the Trade Union Movement in the Fight for Reparations?” and includes how to campaign for Reparations. It will be held...
04 June 2015
TUC Black Workers Conference 2015 took place on 17-19 April at TUC, Congress House, London.
01 June 2015