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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.

TUC Aid is supporting the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) in its efforts to improve pay and working conditions of informal sector workers in Somalia through a project launched in December 2014.
23 January 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Foreign Secretary urging him to intervene with the authorities in Hong Kong to refrain from arrests aimed at leaders of the Umbrella Movement and in particular the leaders of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.
10 January 2015
A letter of thanks from jailed Colombian trade union leader Huber Ballesteros for his nomination for the Solidar Silver Rose Award.
10 January 2015
TUC Aid is appealing for donations to rebuild the Beit Lahia Plant Nursery in Gaza, which was badly damaged during the 2014 Israeli offensive. The majority of Gaza's 1.6 million people are children and refugees living under siege. Access to fuel, water, energy and food is heavily restricted by the...
09 January 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond MP demanding more action to help the defenders of Kobane and the refugees displaced by ISIL, and, in the longer term, calling for a more inclusive Iraqi government, based on human and trade union rights. She has...
05 November 2014
Ahead of David Cameron’s meeting with the Emir of Qatar, the TUC is today (Tuesday) calling on the Prime Minister to ensure that the government of Qatar is committed to ending slavery and abuse of migrant workers. In an open letter to David Cameron, the TUC said: “Conditions for foreign...
28 October 2014
The TUC has asked the UK Mission to the UNHRC in Geneva to raise persistent violations of human and trade union rights in Fiji in the forthcoming Universal Periodic Review.
21 October 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined union leaders in other countries to urge governments negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme in Vienna this week to expand the talks to cover Iran's appalling human and trade union rights record.
20 October 2014
In a letter to the Swaziland High Commission in London, the TUC has condemned the suspension of the two national trade union centres and a number of statutory bodies in Swaziland on 8 October 2014.
13 October 2014
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

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