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Download Paternity leave and pay (PDF) If you are an
Download Leave and pay for mothers (PDF) Pregnant women are

The TUC has produced a series of films about the fight for equal pay. They include oral history interviews with women and union representatives involved in some of the major equal pay cases since 1968. The films were made by two well-known film directors, Sarah Boston and Jenny Morgan, and jointly funded by the TUC, the Wainwright Trust and the European Social Fund.

Both the short and long versions of all the films, plus a longer film on the history of the fight for equal pay - The Equal Pay Story : scenes from a turbulent history - are available on DVD from the TUC online shop .

Commenting on the report published today (Tuesday) by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and wage analysts XpertHR which highlights the continuing gender pay gap, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The UK will never really address the problem of unequal pay until there are systems in place to expose and...
25 August 2015
Responding to the announcement by the government today (Tuesday) that large firms could be forced to reveal the difference between the average earnings of male and female staff, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Publishing information on gender pay gaps is a good start. But it is just that –...
14 July 2015
On the anniversary today (Friday) of the government’s review into survivor benefits in occupational pensions, the TUC is urging ministers to remove one of the last legal hurdles to equality for same-sex couples. Surviving civil partners and same-sex couples are often left thousands of pounds worse off than a widow...
26 June 2015
This report, prepared for TUC Women’s Conference 2015, takes stock and looks at how women have fared through recession and austerity. It finds that while progress on some headline measures of gender equality has continued – the employment and pay gap have continued to narrow, for example – some women...
11 March 2015
date: Friday 6 March 2015 embargo : 00.01hrs Monday 9 March 2015 TUC warns of low-paid jobs recovery for women Around half of the net growth in female employment in 2014 came from women moving in to lower-paid part-time jobs, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Monday)...
09 March 2015
Download Paternity leave and pay (PDF) If you are an expectant father or the partner of someone due to give birth or adopt a child, you could be entitled to time off to attend ante-natal appointments plus up to two weeks’ paid paternity leave. You may also be able to...
01 December 2014
Download Leave and pay for mothers (PDF) Pregnant women are protected from harm in the workplace and have the right not to be dismissed or unfavourably treated because of their pregnancy. Most employed mothers are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave and 39 weeks’ Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance...
27 November 2014
Commenting on the latest annual pay statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which show that the full-time median gender pay gap reduced to 9.4 per cent in 2014 (from 10 per cent the year before) – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good...
19 November 2014
Hard on the heels of equal pay day and the continued disparity between men and women in the world of employment we see another rise in female unemployment in the region. Whilst many of those in power just look at the headline figure and slap themselves on the back there's...
17 November 2014
More than 40 years after the Dagenham strikes and the Equal Pay Act, women’s earnings are still considerably lower than men’s – with the "gender pay gap" sitting at 15.7% for full-time workers. This means that women effectively work for free from Tuesday 4 th November (equal pay day) until...
10 November 2014

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