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After the vote to leave the European Union, the UK is in uncharted waters both politically and economically. The TUC did not seek this outcome, but accepts the decision of the British people. Yet with so many still so scarred by the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, working people and their communities must not pay the price – again – of economic slowdown and uncertainty. 

TUC's action planThe TUC has published an action plan the government needs to take right now to protect our economy, our jobs, our living standards and our society.



Working people must ot pay the price of Brexit

As the UK prepares to leave the European union, the first priority now is to protect jobs and defend the living standards of working people. Find out more at Working people must ot pay the price of Brexit

The TUC is warning today (Friday) that, one year on from the referendum on UK membership of the EU, the government’s plans are still not good enough to make Brexit a success for working people.
23 June 2017
Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) Queen’s Speech, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The election showed that working people are fed up with an economy that doesn’t work for them – but the government still isn’t listening.
21 June 2017
The TUC has published a new briefing, Protecting Health and Safety after Brexit, which warns trade unionists and working people that health and safety protections are at risk from the government’s Brexit plans.
17 May 2017
A decision announced today (Tuesday) by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has important consequences for Brexit and the future trade deals that the UK makes with the EU, says the TUC.
16 May 2017
The debate around Brexit, and the possibility that the UK will readjust its economic model to preserve its competitive advantage, has reawakened concerns about the ‘race to the bottom’ in Europe. Given the uncertain terms under which the Brexit negotiations will be carried out and the consequences of the policy...
05 May 2017
A new study published today (Friday) by the TUC warns that working people in both the UK and the EU are at risk from the erosion of workplace rights after Brexit – especially those in low-skilled jobs.
05 May 2017
EU proposals published today (Wednesday) to strengthen employment rights are a reminder that a bad Brexit deal will mean a worse deal at work for Brits compared to EU workers, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These are welcome proposals to improve the lives of working people...
26 April 2017
Commenting on the speech today (Tuesday) by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, which includes a commitment not to leave the UK lagging behind the EU for workplace protections, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The next government must guarantee that there will continue to be a level playing field after...
25 April 2017
Commenting on the European Parliament’s vote today pushing for a post-Brexit deal between the EU and the UK that protects current and future workplace rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister should welcome the European Parliament’s commitment to workers’ rights in the UK. It gives her a...
05 April 2017
On the morning of the day when Article 50 was triggered by the Prime Minister (29 March), TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady wrote a blog for the Social Europe website setting out what the British and European trade union movement want to see in the negotiations over the UK's exit...
02 April 2017