The European Union is one of the world’s major trading and political entities, and as such plays a major role in the lives of working people. EU legislation is central to UK labour laws, equality and health and safety. The TUC pursues the interests of working people through the European Trade Union Confederation (see the ETUC website for more trade union policies on Europe); through the social dialogue with European employers; through the Economic and Social Committee; and through representations to the institutions of the EU – the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the British government. You can read about what the TUC has been doing in Europe in the annual General Council Report to Congress.
The TUC has an office in Brussels and a European Network that brings together
the European officers of affiliated trade unions. In particular, the TUC wants
to see the European trade union movement develop an organising strategy to
address falling membership.
The most recent documents available on this subject are:TUC urges Government to support trade union position on the EU post-2015 development agenda set out in the EU Communication – Decent Life for All
TUC urges Government to support trade union position on the EU post-2015 development agenda set out in the EU Communication - Decent Life for AllPDF version available for download
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady spoke at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) event on Revitalising Social Europe alongside Social Affairs Commissioner Laszlo Andor and the CBI's Neil Carberry on Tuesday 26 February 2013. Here are he...PDF version available for download
In general, our view is that the UK gains enormously from involvement in EU development cooperation and humanitarian assistance, as the EU provides the UK with the opportunity to synergise and scale up its activities. We believe that if these powers ...PDF version available for download
The TUC's response to the BIS call for evidence on the EU internal market, part of the wider Government Review of the Balance of Competences between the EU and the UK. The TUC makes the case that the single market is not possible or acceptable withou...PDF version available for download
In January, ahead of the Prime Minister's speech on Brussels, the Tory-led Fresh Start Project (FSP) issued a 'Manifesto for Change' setting out a reformist eurosceptic approach to repatriating powers from the EU to the UK. This TUC briefing analyses...PDF version available for download
Speaking later today (Monday) at a conference in Madrid, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady will appeal for the help of unions across Europe in persuading their governments to resist David Cameron's attempt to 'repatriate' workers' rights.
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