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The TUC works with trade unions around the world. Because of resources, we concentrate on a small number of countries where:

  • the country’s workers or trade unions face particularly difficult circumstances
  • the country plays a significant role in world affairs, or is pivotal in international discussions on trade or labour standards
  • the country has a major trade union movement or
  • the country’s trade union movement conducts significant solidarity work.

For more information on the TUC’s particular work in a country which falls into one or more of these categories, see Australia, Brazil, Burma, China, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia,Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey, USA and Zimbabwe.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in response to an EU consultation on reviewing the free trade agreement between the EU and Mexico. Her letter calls for workers' rights to be central to negotiations and any new agreement.
28 August 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Cambodian Prime Minister as part of a global trade union movement campaign to press for improvements to the draft Cambodian trade union law.
09 August 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Iranian consulate in London as part of an Amnesty International campaign for prisoner of conscience Ismail Abdi, a teacher union leader detained on his way to the Education International global trade union conference in Canada. You can write too - see...
05 August 2015
Four human rights defenders have been arrested in Colombia and there are fears that more arrests may follow. The TUC condemns this cynical attempt to silence dissent from trade unions and indigenous and peasant groups, and calls for action to bring law enforcement agencies to heel.
21 July 2015
The TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has protested to the President of Iran about the arrest of teacher trade union leader Esmail Abdi on his way to attend the world congress of Education International, the global teacher union body. The TUC has also protested to the Foreign Secretary, and has...
14 July 2015
A joint initiative by TUC Aid and Disability Aid Abroad (DAA) – Northern Ireland charity - has been successful in raising awareness of employment rights of disabled people in Rwanda and in securing support from local trade unions, East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC) and the Government of Rwanda for...
09 July 2015
62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, a tournament likely to be sponsored by FIFA partner companies Coke, VISA, McDonald’s, Adidas, Kia and Hyundai. Without sponsorship, this multi-billion dollar tournament couldn’t take place. Email the CEOs of sponsor companies now to speak...
18 May 2015
The TUC has urged the Somali Prime Minister to uphold the rights and entitlements of workers and their representatives enshrined in the ILO conventions ratified by the Government of Somalia without any interference from the Ministry of Labour.
23 April 2015
The Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) is organising informal sector workers in Somalia through a project funded by TUC Aid. A survey on pay and working conditions has been carried out in Mogadishu and Puntland as part of the initiative, followed by a workshop aimed at developing an action...
24 March 2015
The TUC, in a letter to Hugo Swire, FCO Minister, has called for the UK Government’s backing for the establishment of an ILO Commission of Inquiry into trade union rights violations in Fiji in line with the ILO Governing Body’s decision in March 2014.
26 February 2015

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