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The British economy is closely integrated with that of the European Union although we remain outside the Euro. The single market means that British goods can be traded throughout Europe, and European goods can be sold freely in the UK. Companies are operating more and more at European and global level. The TUC and the European Trade Union Confederation are committed to a Europe that works and is globally competitive – that means full employment, more skills training, higher spending on research and development and infrastructure. Read more in the annual General Council Report to Congress


TUC Europe spokesperson Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the CWU, took part in a high-level European trade union leaders' summit in Rome on Monday 6 October ahead of the European Jobs Summit in Milan on Wednesday convened by the Italian Presidency of the EU. This is an extract of the...
08 October 2014
Responding to Nick Clegg’s speech on Europe today (Tuesday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: "Nick Clegg is right to make the case for the EU and say that paid holidays and other workplace rights are some of the best arguments for EU membership..."
08 October 2013
Speaking later today (Friday) in Berlin to the 12th annual British-German Trade Union Forum, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady will call for a People's Plan for Europe's economy and labour market.
28 June 2013
Speaking in Dublin later today (Wednesday) to trade union leaders from across Europe, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady will warn that the European Commission is relaxing its austerity measures only to replace them with a series of attacks on workers' rights.
05 June 2013
TUC urges Government to support trade union position on the EU post-2015 development agenda set out in the EU Communication – Decent Life for All
26 April 2013
Our colleagues in the Spanish trade union movement sent us a report on Wednesday afternoon about the early hours of the European Day of Action in Spain.
15 November 2012
TUC General Secretary Designate Frances O'Grady's speech to a Coalition of Resistance rally on the evening of the ETUC Day of Action against austerity.
14 November 2012
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has designated Wednesday 14 November 2012 as a day of action against austerity, for jobs and growth. Unions across Europe are taking action and demanding a change of course. Here's a quick guide to what's happening, what's on the web, and what resources you can use.
13 November 2012
As their contribution to the ETUC Day of Action against austerity and for jobs and growth, the Greek trade union confederations ADEDY and GSEE held a two day general strike on 6 and 7 November, to coincide with the Parliamentary debate on the latest austerity package. At their request, the...
13 November 2012
As part of the TUC's contribution to the ETUC Day of Action 'against austerity, for jobs and growth' on 14 November 2012, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written an open letter to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. In it, he calls for the Commission 'to...
13 November 2012

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