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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.
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
International Development Matters Newsletter Issue number 132 April 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 letter to DFID on Rana Plaza compensation TUC calls for release of Korean trade union leader...
11 April 2014
International Development Matters Issue number 131 March 2014 Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC NEWS TUC urges Cambodia Government to allow peaceful protest TUC protests to Cambodian Ambassador on global day of action to #freethe23...
07 March 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written urgently to the Prime Minister of Cambodia urging him to ensure that a peaceful protest planned for Phnom Penh tomorrow (Saturday) is allowed to proceed, allowing Cambodia's textile trade unionists - mostly women - to express their concerns about wage levels on International...
07 March 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
The TUC's General Secretary Frances O'Grady has protested to the Cambodian Ambassador in London as part of a global union day of action, demanding the release of 23 jailed textile workers who are in court tomorrow, and respect for the principles of freedom of association, assembly and collective bargaining.
10 February 2014
International Development Matters Issue number 130 February 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 condemns violent repression of striking textile workers in Cambodia Turkey: Trials against trade unionists The Missing Link?...
07 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

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