Employment and social policy

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The TUC and the European Trade Union Confederation believe that social justice is a key element of the European social model, alongside strong public services, equality and respect for the environment. We therefore provide a voice for European workers, and campaign for laws and other measures that provide a social dimension to the single market in goods and services, including rights for workers to representation through European Works Councils. In an increasingly Europe-wide labour market, there must be European labour laws to protect workers’ rights. Read more in the annual General Council Report to Congress.

At the 2015 ETUC Congress in Paris, Paul McCarthy from the GMB, a member of the TUC delegation, spoke about the Trade Union Bill.
05 October 2015
Paul McCarthy, GMB and TUC, spoke at the 2015 ETUC Congress in Paris on the Dying to Work campaign and health and safety at work
05 October 2015
Steve Turner, TUC and Unite, spoke on paragraph 43 of the Manifesto and paragraphs 331 to 338 of the Action Programme at the ETUC Congress 2015 in Paris, on ETUC trade policy.
03 October 2015
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will push for a better Europe for workers in her meeting today (Tuesday) with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel – who will chair the EU Council of Ministers throughout the UK renegotiation process ahead of the EU referendum.
14 July 2015
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will raise concerns about the prospect of an EU stripped of workers’ rights in her meeting today (Wednesday) with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz MEP.
17 June 2015
The TUC urges MPs to ensure as many people as possible can vote in the EU referendum, including votes at 16, British citizens living abroad regardless of how long they have been out of the country, and all EU citizens living and paying taxes in Britain. The TUC briefing also...
14 June 2015
The TUC has today (Wednesday) called on the Prime Minister to come clean about his plans for re-negotiating rights for working people set out originally under the European Social Chapter. When asked during Prime Minister’s Questions if the Social Chapter would be up for re-negotiation, David Cameron said that he...
10 June 2015
Weakening workers’ rights will not win votes to stay in the EU, says the TUC today (Wednesday). TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will spell out a strong message on the EU referendum as she delivers the inaugural Ken Coates Memorial Lecture at the University of Nottingham. In her speech, Frances...
03 June 2015
Responding to calls today (Wednesday) by business leaders for greater employment flexibility to be part of the government’s EU re-negotiation objectives ahead of an EU referendum...
20 May 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