In 2010 the Labour government passed the Equality Act.
The Act consolidated and updated rights and protections included in a number of previous Acts including the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The Equality Act names 9 ‘protected characteristics’ which entitle people to protection from discrimination, either direct or indirect, based on any of these characteristics.
In response to the introduction of the Act ASLEF organised a seminar of activists from all over the country. Senior TUC Equality Officer Sally Brett told the Arkwright Road meeting that this was ‘a landmark piece of legislation’.