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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 2016

Unions continue to make progress in bargaining for equality; whether it is equal pay, flexible working, pensions or bullying and harassment. The Equality Audit 2016 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. Visit Equality Audit 2016 page


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After the success of the first edition back in 2012, the TUC has revised this popular manual to include recent legal changes in employment law and employee rights.

Invaluable not only for for stewards, equality, green or health and safety reps but for anyone who represents, advises or supports members.

A4 square bound 176 page single volume soft-back features extensive checklists, web resources and case studies. Every rep will find the TUC Workplace Manual invaluable, and every rep will appreciate the wealth of practical advice and knowledge in this book.

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This booklet covers the basic (sometimes called statutory) rights that employers must provide to qualifying adoptive parents who work for them. Your employer may offer better rights than the legal minimum and you need to check your contract of employment or your staff handbook to find out what your entitlement with your current employer is. If you work for an organisation that recognises a trade union, you are more likely to have better than the legal minimum rights, as unions have pushed for things like higher contractual pay during adoption leave.

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This booklet covers the basic (sometimes called statutory) rights that employers must provide to intended parents who are having a child through a surrogacy arrangement. Your employer may offer better rights than the legal minimum and you need to check your contract of employment or your staff handbook to find out what your entitlement with your current employer is. If you work for an organisation that recognises a trade union you are more likely to have better than the legal minimum rights as unions have pushed for things like higher contractual pay for adoption leave.

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This report, written for the TUC by Women’s Aid, examines women's often under-reported experience of financial abuse and coercive control by their partners, and the potential implications for Universal Credit.

Download Unequal Trapped & Controlled [PDF]

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This report 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 are facing new hardships and barriers to equality.

Download The impact on women of recession and austerity [PDF]

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