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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.


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
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has sent a letter of solidarity to the 595 women cleaners sacked from the Greek Finance Ministry as part of the austerity measures in Greece. An international day of solidarity is being held on 20 September, with events in the UK organised by the Greece...
19 September 2014
This Thursday we will see the result of the European Elections. As a trade unionist I know, as a rule, that working people are stronger together, indeed our whole movement is based on collective action. It's a lesson already learnt in our workplaces, across industry, throughout society and yes, across...
19 May 2014
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

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