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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.

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
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to GEFONT, a Nepalese trade union confederation, to express condolences for the death on 18 April of Sherpa Dorje Khatri, who led the Nepalese Sherpa union in the Himalayas, and took the ITUC flag to the pinnacle of Everest to demonstrate the importance...
22 April 2014
International Development Matters Newsletter Issue number 132 April 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 letter to DFID on Rana Plaza compensation TUC calls for release of Korean trade union leader...
11 April 2014
Speaking ahead of the New Path 4 Europe demonstration in Brussels today (Friday), TUC General Council spokesperson on Europe, and CWU General Secretary, Billy Hayes said:
04 April 2014
In the April issue: Fair Pay Fortnight; Action for Rail; Organising Migrant Workers; Working Multiple Jobs; TUC response to BIS Zero Hours Consultations; Budget Submission; Political engagement; Health and Safety; Benefits advice for Cancer Sufferers and Carers; International
03 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
Commenting on the report published today (Monday) by British Influence, which finds that over four million jobs in the UK today are dependent on exports to the European Union, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
31 March 2014
The General Secretary has written to the Ambassador of South Korea, condemning the detention of Kim Jung-woo, former leader of the Ssangyong Motor branch of the Korean Metal Workers’ Union and demanding his unconditional release.
28 March 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
TUC President Mohammad Taj spoke today (19 March) at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) summit on the future of Europe, ahead of the leaders' summit in Brussels next week. He addressed the British Government's resistance to freedom of movement, and set out the trade union case for migration based...
19 March 2014