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The world trade system must enshrine labour standards if workers around the world are to be protected. The TUC campaigns for the International Labour Organisation to have a voice at the World Trade Organisation, the intergovernmental forum where the world’s trade rules are decided. We do this through our work with the ILO and global union partners, and other campaigning groups such as the Trade Justice Movement, and by lobbying the UK Government.


As part of the debate on sustainable jobs at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) world congress in Berlin in May, TUC General Council international spokesperson Sally Hunt explained the TUC’s concerns about the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and how unions can maximise their impact in the EU...
04 June 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to Trade Minister Vince Cable MP to press the case for next week's World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting in Bali to reflect global trade union demands, and in particular decent work, workers' rights and public services, as well as taking account of the...
29 November 2013
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
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02 July 2012
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has joined an international civil society campaign to defend the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from attempts by developed countries to restrict its mandate at UNCTAD's 13th conference next week.
22 April 2012
In a letter to Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, the TUC has asked the UK Government to support the ITUC position at the forthcoming UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar.
16 April 2012
The TUC is calling on the UK Government to ensure that no significant EU sanctions against Burma are lifted until forced labour and other serious human rights abuses have been addressed.
02 March 2012
The European Union is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with India. These negotiations include Mode 4 provisions which will give limited access to the EU to Indian Companies providing services and to independent professionals. The TUC is concerned that any such provisions should include safeguards to ensure Indian workers...
03 June 2011

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