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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.


Ahead of David Cameron’s meeting with the Emir of Qatar, the TUC is today (Tuesday) calling on the Prime Minister to ensure that the government of Qatar is committed to ending slavery and abuse of migrant workers. In an open letter to David Cameron, the TUC said: “Conditions for foreign...
28 October 2014
Photo by: Stephen Russell On Saturday 25 October the CGIL demonstrated against the government’s proposal to weaken employment rights. The proposed amendments to the Workers’ Statute (in place for 40 years) would remove the right of workers who have been fired unfairly to be reinstated. Whilst the SERTUC Regional Council...
27 October 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
The TUC has today (Friday) condemned the banning of unions in Swaziland, and urged the UK government to step up its campaign for human rights in the African dictatorship.
10 October 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined with 10 other public figures to call on Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to press the Swaziland government to release political prisoners Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini.
09 October 2014
TUC Europe spokesperson Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the CWU, took part in a high-level European trade union leaders' summit in Rome on Monday 6 October ahead of the European Jobs Summit in Milan on Wednesday convened by the Italian Presidency of the EU. This is an extract of the...
08 October 2014
International Development Matters Issue 134 October 2014 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC News TUC launches Playfair Qatar Campaign TUC Aid helps promote rights of disabled people in Rwanda General Council’s statement on...
07 October 2014

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