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The TUC is committed to supporting people around the world in their struggle to achieve decent healthcare, education, employment, freedom from persecution and discrimination and the right to a say in how they are governed. These development issues are an integral and historic part of the trade union movement’s commitment to global solidarity.

The TUC’s development work is divided into three areas:

  • The TUC lobbies and campaigns for broad development issues like more and better aid for developing countries or the cancellation of debt. Much of this work is done in partnership with other organisations such as international trade union bodies or non-governmental organisations.
  • The TUC supports affiliate unions to do more on international development and combating global poverty, especially through raising the awareness of their members and developing links with trade unions from developing countries. See Funding Opportunities and the TUC and DFID.
  • The TUC’s charity – TUC Aid – enables British trade unionists to support workers around the world who face discrimination, or experience life-threatening disasters.
In its submission to the IDC, the TUC points out that despite its declared intention of helping people to work their way out of poverty, DFID has paid scant regard to the protection and promotion of their employment rights and overlooked the opportunity to enhance the impact of its interventions...
16 October 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined with 10 other public figures to call on Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to press the Swaziland government to release political prisoners Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini.
09 October 2014
International Development Matters Issue 134 October 2014 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC News TUC launches Playfair Qatar Campaign TUC Aid helps promote rights of disabled people in Rwanda General Council’s statement on...
07 October 2014
The TUC has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the occasion of the annual meetings of the IMF/World Bank to be held in Washington in October, calling on the government to support a globally coordinated wage and public investment-led recovery strategy proposed by the global Unions in their...
30 September 2014
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23 September 2014
Commenting on today’s report ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ from the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This excellent report by a highly distinguished commission drawn from across the globe makes a compelling and practical case for how a rapid low-carbon shift can...
16 September 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Thai Pineapple Industry Association urging it to persuade its President and CEO of the Natural Fruit Company to drop criminal libel charges against British human rights defender Andy Hall, whose Finnwatch report in 2012 reported serious worker exploitation of Burmese migrants...
25 August 2014
The TUC has welcomed a statement signed by international development minister Alan Duncan, along with ministers from six other European countries, urging retailers to donate to the Rana Plaza fund – set up for victims of the fatal factory collapse in Bangladesh last April.
27 June 2014
At the 2014 International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) world congress in Berlin, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady signed a pledge as part of the ITUC unions4climateaction campaign setting out some of our national commitments on climate change.
04 June 2014
The activities under the Employment Support Programme for Workers with Disabilities in Rwanda, supported by TUC Aid, commenced in April with a three-day workshop held at the national trade union centre – CESTRAR, Kigali, Rwanda. The workshop attended by ten participants from affiliates of CESTRAR was part of a series...
19 May 2014