International Trade Union Organisations
The global trade union movement covers every continent and involves over 150
million working people. The TUC plays a leading role in international trade
unionism, and we are a major founding affiliate of the main global confederations.
We are principally involved in:
- The International Confederation of Free Trade
Unions (ICFTU): the ICFTU is the global body for national trade union confederations
and was founded in 1949. It is based in Brussels, has a regional structure
covering Africa, the Americas and Asia/Pacific, and is in the process of developing
a broader trade union movement including the World Confederation of Labour Visit
the ICFTU website. [www.icftu.org] The TUC is represented on the Executive
Board and Steering Committee as well as the Women’s Committee and many
working groups. The General Secretary is Guy Ryder and the President is Sharan
- The International Labour Organisation (ILO): The International Labour Organisation,
based in Geneva, is the UN specialised agency for the workplace which seeks
the promotion of social justice and internationally recognised human and
labour rights. It was founded in 1919, and retains its tripartite character.
The TUC has been represented on the Governing Body throughout the ILO’s
history. Visit the ILO website. [www.ilo.org] The Director-General
is Juan Somavia.
- The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) represents people
at work in the European Union and those countries associated with the EU.
In particular, the ETUC lobbies the European Union institutions, ensuring
that workers interests are included in decisions about work, the economy
and society. Visit the
ETUC website. [www.etuc.org] The TUC is represented on the Executive
Committee and Steering Committee and all its standing committees and working
groups. The General Secretary is John Monks and the President is Candido
- The Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC): TUAC is an international
trade union organisation which represents organised labour’s view to
the OECD. Visit the TUAC website. [www.tuac.org] The TUC is represented
on the Administrative Board and Management Committee. John Evans is the Secretary
General.The Global Union Federations (which together with the ICFTU form
the global union family) are sectoral bodies covering specific parts of the
global economy. The TUC is not formally involved with the GUFs, as membership
is drawn from individual trade unions, but we maintain close links with all
The most recent documents available on this subject are:
Doubling the wages of a Bangladeshi textile worker would add just 2p to the cost of a t-shirt, says TUC
As the death toll in the Rana Plaza textile factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh two weeks ago tops 900, the TUC has today (Friday) published figures which suggest that the reason costs are cut and wages are low in the Bangladesh textile industry ha...
10 May 2013
Letter to Mexican President
In advance of the Global Unions week of action in solidarity with Mexican workers, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to President Pena Nieto. The letter calls on his government to allow genuine freedom of association for workers in Me...
14 February 2013
Call for a full ILO Commission of Inquiry re Guatemala
The TUC General Secretary has written to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, calling for the British government to support for the request tabled at the ILO for a full commission of inquiry into the intensifying violations of labour rights in Guat...
23 January 2013
Attack on Turkish Trade Unionists
Once again the trade union movement is outraged at attacks on Turkish trade unionists by the Turkish state. On the 25 June raids took place in some 20 Turkish towns and 71 trade unionists dragged off. For further details read the TUC's letter of prot...PDF version available for download
11 July 2012
The TUC calls upon Government to support ITUC position at UNCTAD XIII.
In a letter to Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, the TUC has asked the UK Government to support the ITUC position at the forthcoming UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar.PDF version available for download
16 April 2012
Repression of trade union and human rights goes unabated in Fiji
The military regime in Fiji has intensified attacks on workers and their trade unions with the publication of the Essential National Industries and Designated Corporations Regulations on Friday 9 September 2011.PDF version available for download
4 October 2011
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