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GlobalisationThe rapid and huge increase in the amount of economic activity taking place across national boundaries has had an enormous impact on the lives of workers and their communities everywhere.The current form of globalisation, with the international rules and policies that underpin it, has brought poverty and hardship to millions of workers, particularly those in developing and transition countries.They have seen an erosion of their working conditions, wages and job security in a time of unprecedented wealth and technological capability.

There is no doubt that globalisation creates problems for workers. These problems do not respond to purely national solutions and an international response is therefore needed from the trade union movement in order to safeguard workers' and other social rights.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to GEFONT, a Nepalese trade union confederation, to express condolences for the death on 18 April of Sherpa Dorje Khatri, who led the Nepalese Sherpa union in the Himalayas, and took the ITUC flag to the pinnacle of Everest to demonstrate the importance...
22 April 2014
As a global campaign launches to persuade corporates sourcing from Bangladesh to compensate the Rana Plaza factory disaster survivors and victims' families, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Chairman of Benetton asking the company to make an appropriate donation to the Rana Plaza Arrangement fund, managed by...
24 February 2014
To coincide with the publication of "The Global Development Crisis" by Ben Selwyn of Sussex University, in which he makes the case for 'labour-centred development', the TUC is sponsoring a debate on the evening of Thursday 23 January 2014.
15 January 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to Trade Minister Vince Cable MP to press the case for next week's World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting in Bali to reflect global trade union demands, and in particular decent work, workers' rights and public services, as well as taking account of the...
29 November 2013
TUC Aid has joined hands with BananaLink in an initiative to support collective bargaining in the banana sector in Guatemala.
24 July 2013
Speech by Sam Gurney, the UK worker delegate to the ILO Conference 2013 and member of the ILO Governing Body. How the ILO needs top make sure there are no more Rana Plazas, and how unions are campaigning for change in the UK.
19 June 2013
Over 30 major retailers have signed a significant new union-backed safety accord for Bangladeshi textile workers. However Debenhams and GAP are still holding back from signing. Please help us ask them to change their mind.
20 May 2013
The TUC is joining unions from across the globe in calling on South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye to address a range of serious and ongoing labour rights concerns when she takes office on 25 February 2013.
22 February 2013
Come along for a rousing experience on International Women's Day to hear out guests' stories of resistance and hope, to celebrate the role of women in the global struggle, and to listen to some great live music and performance poetry. Guest Speakers: Alfamir Castillo, President of the Women Sugar Cane...
31 January 2013
The recently adopted UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent a strong international consensus on how to tackle the global rise in business-related human rights abuses. To help bring them to life, the TUC has developed a set of recommendations for the UK government and other actors under...
24 October 2012