Labour Standards

Share this Page

The core labour standards have been defined by the ILO as the basic working conditions which all workers are entitled to. Work should be free from discrimination; basic rights of collective bargaining should be respected; nobody should be forced to work; and no child should work.

Labour standards lie at the heart of tackling poverty and the TUC supports the ILO in its campaign to make labour standards universal.

Find out more about the ILO's labour standards

cover of getting to the coreGetting to the Core is a new pamphlet produced by the TUC. It is designed to be a clear and brief introduction to the international trade union movements demands for the universal implementation of the United Nations International Labour Organisation's - Core Labour Standard. You can read the pamphlet online at http://www.tuc.org.uk/gettingtothecore


The TUC is pressing employers to support survivors and families of the victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy today (Thursday) a year on from the Bangladesh factory collapse where almost 1,200 workers – mostly young women – were killed.
24 April 2014
One year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh which killed nearly 1200 workers, £14.9 million in compensation is still owed to the victims of the collapse and their families. The TUC has been campaigning with unions in Bangladesh to call on UK companies to pay up...
23 April 2014
The TUC General Secretary has written to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for the International Development, calling on DFID to press companies sourcing from the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh to pay adequate compensation into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund. It is almost one year since the factory collapsed,...
02 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
FIFA needs to get tough with the organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), as it publishes a report today (Sunday) exposing the squalid conditions in which many of the tournament’s construction workers are living.
16 March 2014
The General Secretary has written to the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo, condemning the arrest of Mr Victor Umba Ilunga, President of the national union delegation and demanding his unconditional release.
12 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
Ahead of the "People's Strike" called for Tuesday by our sister organisation KCTU in South Korea, the TUC General Secretary has written to the Korean Ambassador to London posing five key questions about his government's failure to respect workers' rights and the fundamental core conventions of the ILO. She specifically...
23 February 2014
Trade unions have been under attack in South Korea since the Park Government was inaugurated on 25 February last year. This report documents some of the attacks on freedom of association and assembly and the right to strike, and lists the 15 Korean trade union leaders in jail or on...
21 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

Pages