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The TUC has always been internationalist, working with unions throughout the world for social justice. In particular, the TUC has played a key role in advancing workers' rights in Europe and making the case for social Europe. We are affiliated to the world trade union body, the ITUC and the European TUC - both of which maintain up to date links to unions throughout the world.


On Thursday 28 August, the TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady signed a new protocol of cooperation with Armenio Carlos, the General Secretary of the Portuguese union confederation CGTP-IN at Congress House in London. This protocol reaffirms the commitment of unions and in Britain and Portugal to help Portuguese-speaking migrant workers...
28 August 2014
The British and Portuguese trade union movements will sign a co-operation protocol later today (Thursday), aimed at ensuring Portuguese migrant workers in the UK can join unions and enforce their rights at work. The new agreement will help to prevent the exploitation of migrants and the undercutting of existing workers’...
28 August 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Thai Pineapple Industry Association urging it to persuade its President and CEO of the Natural Fruit Company to drop criminal libel charges against British human rights defender Andy Hall, whose Finnwatch report in 2012 reported serious worker exploitation of Burmese migrants...
25 August 2014
The TUC has written to the Ecuadorian ambassador to the UK to protest over the arrest and imprisonment of Dr Carlos Figueroa. Dr Figeroa, General Secretary of the Ecuadorian Medical Federation, was arrested in July despite a suspension of a conviction for libelling the President of Ecuador requested by the...
19 August 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
Take action today as part of the ITUC day of action on Gaza. Here's what the TUC has been doing today, and what you can do to add your voice.
07 August 2014
Join the emergency humanitarian appeal. Help supply medical supplies and equipment to those affected The bombardment of Gaza has resulted in a humanitarian tragedy with its people needing urgent help. The TUC therefore asks that unions and their members to consider making contributions to the already operating ITF humanitarian fund...
07 August 2014
Commenting on the announcement that Bruce Carr QC – leading the Carr Review set up by the Prime Minister to review the law governing industrial disputes – has decided not to make any recommendations following what Mr Carr describes as the “politicisation” of the issue, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady...
05 August 2014
The TUC General Secretary has written to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development urging the UK government to match-fund contributions by UK based companies to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund and pressure the Bangladesh government to increase, and openly declare, its contribution.
01 August 2014
The General Secretary has written to Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills on the need for the UK to call for Cambodia's trade privileges granted under the EU's 'Generalised System of Preferences' (GSP) to address the dramatic increase in repression against workers in Cambodia and for...
28 July 2014

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