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The TUC and the European Trade Union Confederation believe that social justice is a key element of the European social model, alongside strong public services, equality and respect for the environment. We therefore provide a voice for European workers, and campaign for laws and other measures that provide a social dimension to the single market in goods and services, including rights for workers to representation through European Works Councils. In an increasingly Europe-wide labour market, there must be European labour laws to protect workers’ rights. Read more in the annual General Council Report to Congress.


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
The TUC has issued a briefing for Members of the European Parliament ahead of crucial votes, starting next week, on the EU Posted Workers Enforcement Directive. The TUC would prefer it if the vote in the European Parliament employment committee (and subsequently the vote in plenary) were to be postponed;...
14 March 2014
Commenting on the report published today (Tuesday) by Business for Britain which says that workers employed by UK companies which don’t export to Europe should have fewer workplace rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
14 January 2014
Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, addressed the Institute for International and European Affairs in Dublin on Friday, 25 October. You can hear a podcast of her speech on their website. She shared her views on the European response to the financial and economic crises; the need for a stronger social...
26 October 2013
The following speech was given by ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Segol at the European Council meeting in Brussels on 27 June 2013.
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
Activities under Employment Support for People with Disabilities in Uganda Project are continuing.
30 May 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
The TUC's response to the BIS call for evidence on the EU internal market, part of the wider Government Review of the Balance of Competences between the EU and the UK. The TUC makes the case that the single market is not possible or acceptable without a social dimension.
15 February 2013
In January, ahead of the Prime Minister's speech on Brussels, the Tory-led Fresh Start Project (FSP) issued a 'Manifesto for Change' setting out a reformist eurosceptic approach to repatriating powers from the EU to the UK. This TUC briefing analyses the proposals made and sets out the TUC's views.
11 February 2013

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