The Equality Audit 2018 looks at the practical steps trade unions are taking to ensure they reflect the diversity of the workforce.
It provides examples of how unions are recruiting and supporting under-represented groups into membership and activism. It also looks at what unions are doing to give these groups a voice in their internal union structures.
Questionnaires were sent to 50 unions who were affiliated to the TUC in November 2017 for completion by the middle of February 2018. Completed questionnaires were received from 38 unions – 76 per cent of affiliates. This is a higher response rate than for the last equivalent audit in 2014. The unions responding in 2018 represent 97 per cent of all TUC-affiliated union members.
It also looks at the extent to which unions as employers provide equal opportunities for their own staff. It is complementary to the TUC Equality Audit 2016, which looked at unions’ efforts to promote equality through collective bargaining.
Questionnaires were sent to the 50 unions affiliated to the TUC in November 2017, with a completion deadline of the middle of February 2018. Completed questionnaires were received from 38 unions, which is 76 per cent of TUC affiliates. This is a higher response rate than for the last equivalent audit in 2014 when 36 out of 54 TUC affiliates participated (67 per cent). Two of the unions not responding in 2018 were shortly to merge into other unions.
The unions responding in 2018 represent 97 per cent of all TUC-affiliated union members.
The audit data was collected and analysed by the Labour Research Department on behalf of the TUC
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