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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 2014

The 2014 survey of union structures, policies and services relating to equality, featuring a response rate covering 95 per cent of the TUC’s 5.6 million British trade union members. The results, which can be compared with those from the 2011 audit, provide important reading for all member unions. Visit Equality Audit 2014 page


The TUC’s Disabled Workers’ Committee has 12 questions for candidates and political parties in the run up to the general election, covering issues that particularly impact on disabled people. Download the questions here and find out politicians’ views on equality for disabled people.
23 February 2015
Only one week to go - register now! This conference aims to bring together trade unionists, TUC unemployed workers centre staff and users and welfare campaign activists- to challenge the consensus narrative on Welfare and develop the agenda for a fight-back.
20 February 2015
The TUC is encouraging trade unions to collectively challenge the prejudice faced by many LGBT people in football and wider sport. As with many trade union campaigns we want to encourage local victories and engagement with local clubs, supporters groups and county football associations which are vital to contribute towards...
28 January 2015
A toolkit designed to stamp out homophobia in football is being launched today (Wednesday) by the TUC as part of a concerted action by unions and their allies.
28 January 2015
Over the past few months, trade unionists in the South West have been putting together a Vision for the region that aims to put working people and their communities at the heart of the debate around the future direction of the West Country. "The last few years have been hard...
27 January 2015
TUC Aid is supporting the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) in its efforts to improve pay and working conditions of informal sector workers in Somalia through a project launched in December 2014.
23 January 2015
Responding to research that shows over 100 people a day with a mental health condition are having their benefits stopped as a sanction, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These sanctions show a government that is more interested in punishing vulnerable people than supporting them in their attempts to find...
20 January 2015
Another packed edition of the All Wales Equality Network Newsletter, this edition gives details of meetings, free Wales TUC run courses on becoming a Trade Union Equality Rep along with the most recent updates, news articles and much more.
05 January 2015
The TUC has welcomed a report published today (Friday) by the Work and Pensions Committee that calls for funding and training improvements for the Access to Work (AtW) scheme, which helps disabled people into employment. The Committee’s report Improving Access to Work for Disabled People says that funding increases for...
19 December 2014
Another packed edition of the All Wales Equality Network Newsletter, this edition gives details of meetings, free Wales TUC run courses on becoming a Trade Union Equality Rep along with the most recent updates, news articles and much more.
18 December 2014

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