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The TUC works with trade unions around the world. Because of resources, we concentrate on a small number of countries where:

  • the country’s workers or trade unions face particularly difficult circumstances
  • the country plays a significant role in world affairs, or is pivotal in international discussions on trade or labour standards
  • the country has a major trade union movement or
  • the country’s trade union movement conducts significant solidarity work.

For more information on the TUC’s particular work in a country which falls into one or more of these categories, see Australia, Brazil, Burma, China, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia,Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey, USA and Zimbabwe.

Congress notes there are over two million migrant workers in Qatar. These workers are forced to live in abject squalor and operate under the kafala system, a form of bonded labour where their passports are removed and they cannot leave Qatar without their employer’s permission. Construction workers earn as little...
23 September 2014
Congress 2014 approved this General Council statement on Gaza
18 September 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady's speech to TUC Congress 2014, moving the General Council statement on Gaza.
17 September 2014
The TUC has written to the Ambassador of Qatar over the urgent case of two missing reseacrhers who were in Qatar to meet with migrant workers and investigate conditions. Updated to include Amnesty UK Action.
04 September 2014
Take action today as part of the ITUC day of action on Gaza. Here's what the TUC has been doing today, and what you can do to add your voice.
07 August 2014
Join the emergency humanitarian appeal. Help supply medical supplies and equipment to those affected The bombardment of Gaza has resulted in a humanitarian tragedy with its people needing urgent help. The TUC therefore asks that unions and their members to consider making contributions to the already operating ITF humanitarian fund...
07 August 2014
The TUC General Council met today and adopted a statement on Israel's attack on Gaza.
23 July 2014
The TUC is urging trade unionists to join an Amnesty International urgent action demanding freedom for jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, who started a hunger strike on 1 June. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Iranian Ambassador in Paris (the nearest Embassy to the UK) demanding...
07 June 2014
Commenting on plans announced in Qatar earlier today (Wednesday) that there are to be changes to the country’s much-criticised labour laws, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
14 May 2014
One year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh which killed nearly 1200 workers, £14.9 million in compensation is still owed to the victims of the collapse and their families. The TUC has been campaigning with unions in Bangladesh to call on UK companies to pay up...
23 April 2014

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