The biennial TUC equality audits came out of an important TUC rule change in 2001, which committed the TUC and unions to promote equality in all aspects of our work. The first audit was carried out in 2003 and provided a yardstick of equality issues in all union activities. Since then the audits have alternated between focusing on how unions pursue equality issues through collective bargaining and on how union membership, rules and internal structures reflect the diversity of the workforce.
Unions continue to make progress in bargaining for equality; whether it is equal pay, flexible working, pensions or bullying and harassment.
This report 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.
The next TUC Equality Audit will be carried out in 2018. It will focus on trade unions' efforts to further equality in the workplace through collective bargaining.
This book was first written in 2007 and since then LGBT people now enjoy the same protections and rights as everyone else under the Equality Act 2010. Same-sex couples can have a civil marriage since the Marriage (same-sex couples) Act introduced in 2013 came into effect in March 2014 .The number of ‘out’ members of Parliament has never been greater. All the major political parties now support equality and compete to be the most LGBT- friendly.