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The policy making body of the TUC is the annual Congress which meets for four days each year during September. Each affiliated union can send delegates to Congress - the larger the union, the more it can send. At Congress 'motions' (resolutions for debate) are proposed and discussed. These form the basis of the TUC's work for the next year.

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TUC Congress 2016Congress 2016

The 148th annual TUC Congress 2016 took place at The Brighton Centre during 11-14 September. For more information visit Congress 2016 webpage.


Congress 2017

The 149th annual TUC Congress 2017 will take place at The Brighton Centre during 10-13 September. More information will be published on the Congress 2017 webpage

The Exhibition is an integral part of our annual Congress and frequently figures in media coverage. As regular participants know, the TUC Exhibition area provides the principal setting where the 600 delegates and several thousand visitors and media representatives conduct important business out of the conference hall. You can be...
20 January 2017
Unedited verbatim report for TUC Congress 2016 which took place at the Brighton Centre 11 - 14 September 2016. This is a record of everything that was said from the podium in the formal business of Congress 2016. ​This is an unedited version, as transcribed by our verbatim reporters Martin...
26 October 2016
Those elected are Ged Nichols, Simon Weller, Dave Penman, Eddie Saville, Mark Dickinson, Nick Cusack and Manuel Cortes.
15 September 2016
Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has today (Wednesday) been elected as the new President of the TUC.
14 September 2016
E7 Turkey and solidarity with the Kurdish population Congress notes with the utmost concern the state of emergency decree imposed on 1 September 2016 which, together with other actions in the weeks following the failed attempted coup on 15 July, deliberately targets Turkey’s trade unionists and public officials, including teachers...
14 September 2016
Congress notes with deep concern and is appalled by the announcement by the government on 2 September that Susan Johnson, former Chief Executive of Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, who does not appear to have any history of worker representation, had been appointed to the executive board of...
14 September 2016
Address to Congress by Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary 13 September 2016, Brighton.
13 September 2016
Congress opposes the expansion of selection in England’s schools by whatever means – either through the establishment of new grammar schools, or by allowing free schools to select some of their intake. Congress notes that there is no evidence that grammar schools provide a route for poor, academically able children...
13 September 2016
Congress notes with concern the prime minister’s confirmation of the government’s renewed plans to impose a contract on junior doctors in the NHS, following the rejection of the latest proposals in a ballot of BMA members and the BMA’s decision to take further industrial action. The BMA’s decision to take...
13 September 2016
The TUC’s Campaign Plan sets out how we plan to respond to the events of 2016: both the profound consequences of the decision by the British people to leave the European Union, and also the significant impact for our member unions of the passage of the Trade Union Act.
12 September 2016