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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.

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
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
Israeli diplomats are on strike around the world - including in London - as part of a year-long dispute to restore the value of their wages and address discriminatory tax and pension arrangements (as well as other issues). TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has sent a message of solidarity to...
19 March 2014
The General Secretary has written to the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo, condemning the arrest of Mr Victor Umba Ilunga, President of the national union delegation and demanding his unconditional release.
12 March 2014
The TUC has written to the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary to urge that René González, the first member of the "Miami Five" to be released from prison, be allowed into the UK to attend a conference examining the legality of his conviction, after he was denied entry on...
10 March 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined protests organised by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) about the judicial harassment of leaders of the Aeroflot pilots' union in Russia, by sending a letter to the Russian Ambassador. The TUC is also promoting an e-action aimed at Aeroflot's top executives.
26 January 2014
TUC Aid is supporting a project aimed at rebuilding trade union institutions and structures in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. In a workshop held in Port au Prince from 3 to 5 December 2013, Haitian trade unionists evaluated progress and developed an action plan for future work.
18 December 2013
TUC Aid, in partnership with BananaLink, is helping unions in banana plantations in Guatemala to build capacity to defend workers’ rights.
17 December 2013
On Friday 13 December, TUC leaders Frances O'Grady, Mohammed Taj and Gail Cartmail signed the official book of condolences for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House. These are the messages they left.
14 December 2013