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The right to work free from discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age or sexual orientation is a key labour standard. The TUC fights for equality in its work around international labour standards and in work on trade. We provide practical supprt for trade unionists who face persecution, whatever the reason, through TUC Aid. In particular, we are highlighting the discrimination faced by LGBT communities, and attempting to ensure a gender dimension to everything we do. Because the HIV/AIDS pandemic is worldwide and in particular victimises women, we campaign for workers living with HIV/AIDS to get a fair deal at work wherever they live. And we support migrant workers, many of whom face unfair working conditions because they are unable to enforce their rights

The TUC submitted amendments to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) world congress in Berlin in May 2014, calling for ITUC affiliates around the world to take action to defend their LGBTI members. Here is the speech that TUC delegate and General Council spokesperson on Europe, Billy Hayes, made to...
04 June 2014
TUC President Mohammad Taj spoke today (19 March) at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) summit on the future of Europe, ahead of the leaders' summit in Brussels next week. He addressed the British Government's resistance to freedom of movement, and set out the trade union case for migration based...
19 March 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written urgently to the Prime Minister of Cambodia urging him to ensure that a peaceful protest planned for Phnom Penh tomorrow (Saturday) is allowed to proceed, allowing Cambodia's textile trade unionists - mostly women - to express their concerns about wage levels on International...
07 March 2014
TUC response to Department of Health Consultation on migrant access and their financial contribution to NHS provision in England
28 August 2013
CEDAW is the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women – the international human rights treaty that focuses specifically on equality between women and men in all areas of life... read more.
05 April 2013
To mark the World Day for Decent Work, the TUC is releasing ‘A decent job?': a report assessing the Department for International Development's (DFID) efforts to secure decent jobs for the world's poor. DFID scores just 25 out of 56 points based on criteria developed from the International Labour Organisation's...
07 October 2012
On the occasion of the Swazi Independence Day on 6 September, the TUC, in a letter to the Swaziland High Commissioner in London, has called for constitutional reforms.
03 September 2012
On Monday, representatives of sex workers made a passionate and well-argued case for the recognition of their employment and human rights in a lively session on the margins of the XIX International AIDS Conference now being held in Washington DC.
24 July 2012
This week sees the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington DC, and the TUC is taking part in the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) delegation. Bandula Kothalawala, TUC delegate, reports on the opening trade union forum.
23 July 2012
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is mobilizing support for the implementation of the ILO Recommendation on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2010.
15 May 2012