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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.


/*--> */ 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 Paraguayan ambassador condemning shooting of education trade unionists · TUC renews protocol with CGTP-IN to support Portuguese speaking migrant workers...
23 September 2014
Congress notes with concern the findings of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency survey showing an increase of deliberate, sustained and violent attacks on LGBT people. Congress asserts that a major factor in the rise in homophobic and transphobic extremism is the punitive and discriminatory laws in countries such as Russia,...
23 September 2014
Congress notes there are over two million migrant workers in Qatar. These workers are forced to live in abject squalor and operate under the kafala system, a form of bonded labour where their passports are removed and they cannot leave Qatar without their employer’s permission. Construction workers earn as little...
23 September 2014
Congress welcomes the TUC’s engagement with the Ethical Trading Initiative, and supports the principle that consumers, companies, and organisations should consider the position of workers in the supply chain of goods and services before making purchasing decisions. The TUC’s commitment to ethical supply was demonstrated by the highly effective Playfair...
23 September 2014
Congress welcomes the positive outcome, in particular for freelance and other ‘atypical’ workers, of the ILO Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Relationships in the Media and Culture sector held on 14–15 May 2014. The Forum emphasised that fundamental principles and rights apply to all workers regardless of their employment status...
23 September 2014
Congress notes the positive contribution made by migrant communities to the UK. It rejects the myths and lies spread by the coalition government and some media that has led to an increase in racist abuse and attacks. Congress believes that attacks on pay, jobs, working conditions and public services is...
23 September 2014
Congress is extremely concerned about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade treaty, a wide-ranging trade deal giving unprecedented power and influence to transnational corporations that would become the benchmark for all future trade agreements, currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA and recognises the...
23 September 2014
Congress continues to be deeply concerned at the effects of the government’s austerity agenda which has already resulted in over 13 million people living in poverty with around five million people still earning below the living wage (currently standing at £7.65 an hour). Congress condemns the fact that 10 per...
23 September 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has sent a letter of solidarity to the 595 women cleaners sacked from the Greek Finance Ministry as part of the austerity measures in Greece. An international day of solidarity is being held on 20 September, with events in the UK organised by the Greece...
19 September 2014
Congress 2014 approved this General Council statement on Gaza
18 September 2014

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