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Trade union rights - freedom of association and the right to effective collective bargaining - are human rights. Freedom of association ensures that workers can work with each other and with their employers to negotiate work relations. Effective collective bargaining helps ensure that workers and employers negotiate on equal terms, allowing for fair, equitable outcomes.

Trade union rights are violated in many parts of the world. In some cases, workers are denied rights of association; in others, workers' organisations are disrupted and trade unionists are persecuted.

The TUC actively supports trade unionists who face discrimination and danger through the

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond MP demanding more action to help the defenders of Kobane and the refugees displaced by ISIL, and, in the longer term, calling for a more inclusive Iraqi government, based on human and trade union rights. She has...
05 November 2014
The TUC has asked the UK Mission to the UNHRC in Geneva to raise persistent violations of human and trade union rights in Fiji in the forthcoming Universal Periodic Review.
21 October 2014
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
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
In a letter to the Swaziland High Commission in London, the TUC has condemned the suspension of the two national trade union centres and a number of statutory bodies in Swaziland on 8 October 2014.
13 October 2014
In an astonishing outburst, the Prime Minister of Swaziland, Africa's last feudal dictatorship, has threatened the General Secretary of Swaziland's trade union movement, Vincent Ncongonwe, currently attending a civil society meeting in Washington DC, with strangulation, in retaliation for the trade union movement's support for the decision of the US...
08 August 2014
The TUC is urging trade unionists to join an Amnesty International urgent action demanding freedom for jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, who started a hunger strike on 1 June. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Iranian Ambassador in Paris (the nearest Embassy to the UK) demanding...
07 June 2014
The General Secretary has written to the Ambassador of South Korea, condemning the detention of Yoo Ki-soo, General Secretary of the Korean Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and demanding his unconditional release.
03 June 2014
The TUC General Secretary has written to William Hague, Foreign Secretary, calling on the UK government to apply pressure on the Bangladesh government to reform its labour law. It is one year since the Rana Plaza factory collapse on 24 April 2013 which killed almost 1200 workers. Freedom of association...
26 April 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined trade union leaders from around the world in condemning the arrest in Swaziland of trade union lawyer Thulani Maseko. In her letter to the Swaziland High Commissioner in London, O’Grady argues that the detention of Maseko by armed police officers on 17 March...
23 March 2014

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