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Migrant workers make up a significant proportion of the UK’s labour force. The TUC supports the freedom of movement of workers in the European Union and we support a managed migration system for those outside the EU, based on the principles of workers’ rights.
Once in the UK, many migrant workers are unaware of their legal rights or unable to enforce them and face exploitation at work as a result. The TUC fights for equal rights for migrant workers, and assists unions to recruit, represent and organise migrant workers.
The TUC has produced a leaflet for people coming to work in the UK giving information about their legal rights to work in this country. The leaflet is available to download in the following languages:
Leaflets updated November 2008 - includes current National Minimum Wage rates until October 2009
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Citizens Advice service have produced a booklet called "Living and Working in the UK" and is for nationals of the ‘A8’ countries, which are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the TUC have published a new safety leaflet, ['Your health, your safety: A guide for workers'] provides information about safety rights at work which is translated into 19 different languages.
The most recent documents available on this subject are:International Development Matters Issue 117 January 2013
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.PDF version available for download
The TUC, Anti-Slavery International, Kalayaan and Justice for Domestic Workers have jointly written to Vince Cable calling once more on the UK government to ratify the new ILO Convention on Domestic Workers. The full text of the letter is below.PDF version available for download
Launched in 2007, the ongoing negotiations for an EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have thrown up a range of worrying issues for Indian and EU workers. This briefing note explains those concerns in more detail.
The European Union is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with India. These negotiations include Mode 4 provisions which will give limited access to the EU to Indian Companies providing services and to independent professionals. The TUC is c...PDF version available for download
A new report uncovering the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates is being published today by the International Trade Union Confederation.
Owen Tudor, TUC Head of EU and International Relations, addressed the 4th meeting of the Brazilian Workers Party groups abroad in London on 27 May, about migrant workers' rights.PDF version available for download
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