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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.


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
The TUC General Council met today and adopted a statement on Israel's attack on Gaza.
23 July 2014
The TUC General Secretary has written to Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary, calling for pressure to be applied on the government of Bangladesh to address problems in the labour law as part of its commitment under the 'Sustainability Compact' signed with the EU last year. Trade union repression and violation of...
21 July 2014
The TUC is calling on all UK retailers which source clothing from Bangladesh to attend a meeting in Westminster today (Tuesday) where they will be asked what they are doing to support the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, that killed over 1,100 people in April last year.
15 July 2014
The TUC has welcomed a statement signed by international development minister Alan Duncan, along with ministers from six other European countries, urging retailers to donate to the Rana Plaza fund – set up for victims of the fatal factory collapse in Bangladesh last April.
27 June 2014
TUC submission to European Commission's public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP). The TUC’s response to this consultation will not follow the specific questions outlined, as they present ways to improve ISDS and investment protection measures in TTIP...
19 June 2014
The TUC General Secretary has written to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for the International Development calling on DFID to use the meetings at the OECD on Responsible Business Conduct June 23 – 27 to publicly call companies to pay an adequate amount into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund. This...
17 June 2014
Report of the TUC delegation to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) world congress in Berlin in May 2014.
14 June 2014
At the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) world congress in Berlin in May, TUC delegate and General Council Europe spokesperson Billy Hayes spoke in a sub-plenary debate on health and safety at work, explaining how British unions build the issue into their organising. This is what he said.
09 June 2014
The TUC is urging trade unionists to join an Amnesty International urgent action demanding freedom for jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, who started a hunger strike on 1 June. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Iranian Ambassador in Paris (the nearest Embassy to the UK) demanding...
07 June 2014

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