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The European Union is one of the world’s major trading and political entities, and as such plays a major role in the lives of working people. EU legislation is central to UK labour laws, equality and health and safety. The TUC pursues the interests of working people through the European Trade Union Confederation (see the ETUC website for more trade union policies on Europe); through the social dialogue with European employers; through the Economic and Social Committee; and through representations to the institutions of the EU – the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the British government. You can read about what the TUC has been doing in Europe in the annual General Council Report to Congress.

The TUC has an office in Brussels and a European Network that brings together the European officers of affiliated trade unions. In particular, the TUC wants to see the European trade union movement develop an organising strategy to address falling membership.


Speaking ahead of the New Path 4 Europe demonstration in Brussels today (Friday), TUC General Council spokesperson on Europe, and CWU General Secretary, Billy Hayes said:
04 April 2014
Commenting on the report published today (Monday) by British Influence, which finds that over four million jobs in the UK today are dependent on exports to the European Union, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
31 March 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
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
Speaking to the annual meeting of the DGB – the German equivalent of the TUC – in Berlin today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will urge stronger links between the 12 million trade union members in Britain and Germany to promote fair pay, decent jobs and a people’s plan...
05 March 2014
Commenting on the visit to the UK today (Thursday) by the German Chancellor, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Whatever warm words the Prime Minister hears from Angela Merkel today, we do not believe she has a mandate from her coalition partnership with Germany’s social democrats to promise the wholesale...
27 February 2014
TUC successfully applied for EU funding to run a project to raise awareness around the issues related to UK membership of the EU. A brief description of the project and the studies commissioned therein. Leaflets of planned regional events can be found here http://www.tuc.org.uk/events
12 February 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
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

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