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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


In the workplace LGBT people may experience oppression and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It is critical that trade union reps and negotiators have the tools to bargain for LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
29 April 2016
Paddling furiously: this book is correctly named in so many ways! Our last report, Swimming against the tide , was published, in 2012, half way through the multifaceted attacks on working people launched by the Coalition Government. And now we experience the unfettered onslaught from this Conservative majority Government (a...
25 April 2016
Download Pay and Parenthood [PDF] An analysis of wage inequality between mums and dads There has been great progress in gender equality over the last few decades; access to education, labour market participation and attitudes towards gender roles have all moved in a direction of greater equality. But inequalities remain,...
25 April 2016
Fathers working full-time get paid a fifth more than men with similar jobs who don’t have children, according to a new report published by the TUC today (Monday).
25 April 2016
Can you help us gather information from workplace reps on the type of equality issues arising in the workplace and the support reps need to tackle those issues? Have you dealt with any equality issues at your workplace related to members? Where do you go to for resources and support?...
22 April 2016
Race equality and EU.pdf Introduction The UK adopted race relations legislation decades before the EU. But EU law has strengthened protection from race discrimination in the UK and guarantees rights for the future. Importantly, it has also meant common standards and action across the EU to tackle racism and xenophobia...
18 April 2016
Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers with degrees are two and half times more likely to be unemployed than white graduates, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday).
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
Young women with vocational qualifications earn 15% less than men with comparable qualifications, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Saturday) to mark the start of its annual young workers’ conference.
11 April 2016
On Friday 4 March Polly Toynbee delivered the second Mary Macarthur lecture at the Coronation Club in Blackheath. Prior to the lecture a tour of workplaces in the local area was arranged. Firstly a group of union organisers and members met with Polly to discuss local issues and campaigns. This...
23 March 2016

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