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The European Union is one of the world’s major trading and political entities, and as such plays a major role in the lives of working people. EU legislation is central to UK labour laws, equality and health and safety. The TUC pursues the interests of working people through the European Trade Union Confederation (see the ETUC website for more trade union policies on Europe); through the social dialogue with European employers; through the Economic and Social Committee; and through representations to the institutions of the EU – the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the British government. You can read about what the TUC has been doing in Europe in the annual General Council Report to Congress.

The TUC has an office in Brussels and a European Network that brings together the European officers of affiliated trade unions. In particular, the TUC wants to see the European trade union movement develop an organising strategy to address falling membership.

7 March 2017 Commenting on the report published today (Tuesday) by the International Trade Committee on UK trade options after Brexit, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This report is an important reminder of the price working people will pay if we crash out of the EU into WTO trading...
07 March 2017
145,200 NHS and adult social care workers in England risk losing their right to live and work in the UK after Brexit. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “If Brexit means they have to leave, our health and social care services will struggle to cope."
01 March 2017
Speaking at an international trade seminar in London today (Monday), convened by the Trade Secretary Liam Fox, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will say:
27 February 2017
Commenting on reports today (Friday) that the government is dividing British industries into high, medium and low priority for Brexit negotiations, TUC general Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people in the so-called ‘low priority’ industries will be worried that the government is going to leave them paying the price for...
10 February 2017
Commenting on the white paper published today (Thursday) on the government’s Brexit strategy, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The white paper tells us little we did not already know, and still leaves working people exposed to risks to their rights and jobs. And it says nothing about how the...
02 February 2017
Responding to the Supreme Court ruling today on the role of parliament in triggering Article 50, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
24 January 2017
Responding to the speech made by the Prime Minister today (Tuesday) on the UK’s exit from the EU, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
17 January 2017
Speaking today (Monday) ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech on Tuesday on her plan for Brexit, the TUC has called on the Prime Minister to pursue a strategy that protects the interests of Britain’s working people.
16 January 2017
Responding to the report today (Saturday) from the Select Committee for Exiting the European Union, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Select Committee has made clear the need for staying in the single market.
14 January 2017
This is a TUC briefing on the communication by the European Commission on their proposals for occupational health and safety following the review of all directives.
11 January 2017