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The British economy is closely integrated with that of the European Union although we remain outside the Euro. The single market means that British goods can be traded throughout Europe, and European goods can be sold freely in the UK. Companies are operating more and more at European and global level. The TUC and the European Trade Union Confederation are committed to a Europe that works and is globally competitive – that means full employment, more skills training, higher spending on research and development and infrastructure. Read more in the annual General Council Report to Congress

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady and leader of the German trade union movement DGB President Reiner Hoffman have issued a statement on the UK's EU renegotiation strategy, setting out shared principles for the Europe they want to see.
19 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
The TUC General Council, meeting on Wednesday 25 February 2015, adopted a statement of solidarity with the people and trade unions of Greece.
25 February 2015
On Wednesday, TUC President Leslie Manasseh addressed a Greece Solidarity Campaign rally at Congress House marking Syriza’s election victory the previous Sunday. This is an edited version.
31 January 2015
TUC Europe spokesperson Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the CWU, took part in a high-level European trade union leaders' summit in Rome on Monday 6 October ahead of the European Jobs Summit in Milan on Wednesday convened by the Italian Presidency of the EU. This is an extract of the...
08 October 2014
Responding to Nick Clegg’s speech on Europe today (Tuesday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: "Nick Clegg is right to make the case for the EU and say that paid holidays and other workplace rights are some of the best arguments for EU membership..."
08 October 2013
Speaking later today (Friday) in Berlin to the 12th annual British-German Trade Union Forum, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady will call for a People's Plan for Europe's economy and labour market.
28 June 2013
Speaking in Dublin later today (Wednesday) to trade union leaders from across Europe, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady will warn that the European Commission is relaxing its austerity measures only to replace them with a series of attacks on workers' rights.
05 June 2013
TUC urges Government to support trade union position on the EU post-2015 development agenda set out in the EU Communication – Decent Life for All
26 April 2013
Our colleagues in the Spanish trade union movement sent us a report on Wednesday afternoon about the early hours of the European Day of Action in Spain.
15 November 2012