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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

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 calling on all UK retailers which source clothing from Bangladesh to attend a meeting in Westminster today (Tuesday) where they will be asked what they are doing to support the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, that killed over 1,100 people in April last year.
15 July 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
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