Child Labour

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Today, 250 million of the world's children work, many of them in dangerous or degrading conditions. Half of them have never seen the inside of a classroom. More than two thirds of these children work in agriculture; others work in manufacturing, the wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels, domestic and other 'personal' services.

The TUC campaigns to end all child labour, and for education for all children


TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined union leaders in other countries to urge governments negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme in Vienna this week to expand the talks to cover Iran's appalling human and trade union rights record.
20 October 2014
TUC Aid helps rebuild unions in Haiti.
26 June 2013
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to Foreign Secretary William Hague ahead of the G8 Foreign Ministers' meeting that he is hosting in London next week. Her letter urges him to use the meeting's discussion of Burma to secure international agreement on a code of responsible investment in Burma.
02 April 2013
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber and leaders of teacher unions have written to the Pakistani High Commissioner in London today as part of Malala Day, the day designated by the UN to mark the bravery of teenager Malala Yosufzai, who was shot in the head for speaking up for her...
10 November 2012
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
To mark the World Day for Decent Work, the TUC is releasing ‘A decent job?': a report assessing the Department for International Development's (DFID) efforts to secure decent jobs for the world's poor. DFID scores just 25 out of 56 points based on criteria developed from the International Labour Organisation's...
07 October 2012
Launched in 2007, the ongoing negotiations for an EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have thrown up a range of worrying issues for Indian and EU workers. This briefing note explains those concerns in more detail.
01 August 2012
Burma needs to address chronic human rights abuses before sanctions are lifted says a new report from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
15 February 2012
The TUC is calling on the UK Government to take the lead in securing consensus for a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the regime in Burma.
02 August 2011
The TUC is calling on the UK Government to take the lead in securing consensus for a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the regime in Burma.
02 August 2011

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