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August 2007

LRD again undertakes Equality Audit for the TUC
As on the two previous occasions, the TUC in 2007 asked the LRD to carry out its two-yearly Equality Audit of its affiliates. This is a comprehensive survey of unions' structures, polices and services in relation to equality. The 2007 survey is based on responses from 55 of the TUC 63 affiliates, representing 99.7% of all TUC-affiliated union members. Some of the key findings of the Equality Audit are that there have been significant improvements in the statistics that unions collect ? 56% of unions now collect gender statistics on stewards and reps, double the percentage in 2003; that, while a relatively highly proportion of unions (38%) have targeted recruitment campaigns aimed at migrant workers, only 29% have targeted recruitment activity on young workers; and that black members are now more likely to have reserved seats on their union national executive committees (or equivalent body) than any other group, including women.

The full report, as well as the report on the 2005 Equality Audit, can be accessed at the following address.

http://www.tuc.org.uk/equality/index.cfm?mins=440
 

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