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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.

Message of solidarity from the TUC to the French trade union federations CGT, FO and CFDT, following the 13 October attacks in Paris.
16 November 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has sent a letter of solidarity to Greek unions who have called a general strike for today, 12 November.
12 November 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined global union protests aimed at the Indonesian Government about the clampdown on trade unionists in Jakarta who protested over the minimum wage on 30 October.
04 November 2015
On Saturday a peace rally supported by two of Turkey’s trade union confederations DISK and KESK was attacked by suicide bombers. At least 128 demonstrators were killed and around 200 injured. Frances O’Grady has written both to KESK and DISK expressing the TUC’s horror as well as condolences.
13 October 2015
The TUC General Secretary has written to the Myanmar Ambassador to call for the immediate release of trade unions activists Naing Zaw Kyi Win, Thu Zaw Kyi Win, Myo Min Min and Naing Htay Lwin who were imprisoned for supporting garment workers striking in Yangon for living wages and basic...
09 October 2015
The TUC has backed an Amnesty International urgent action calling for an investigation into the murder of farmer Ernesto Guzman and demanding action from the Colombian government to finally disarm and dismantle the paramilitary groups that remain the biggest threat to trade unionists and other human rights defenders in the...
02 October 2015
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