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10th September 2019

TUC calls for ban on workplace class discrimination

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The TUC has called for new legal measures to tackle class discrimination in the workplace.

The call comes as a new TUC report reveals that graduates from wealthier backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be on a £30,000 starting salary than those from working-class backgrounds. 

The TUC wants the government to: 

  • Make discrimination on the basis of class unlawful, just like race, gender and disability 

  • Introduce a legal duty on public bodies to make tackling all forms of class and income inequality a priority 

  • Make it compulsory for employers to report their class pay gaps 

The TUC says that without new anti-discrimination laws people from working-class backgrounds will continue to face unfair barriers at work and in society.  

These include direct forms of discrimination, such as employer bias during job applications and interviews. And there are indirect forms of discrimination, such as the use of unpaid internships as a gateway into jobs.