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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.


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
TUC President Mohammad Taj spoke today (19 March) at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) summit on the future of Europe, ahead of the leaders' summit in Brussels next week. He addressed the British Government's resistance to freedom of movement, and set out the trade union case for migration based...
19 March 2014
The TUC has issued a briefing for Members of the European Parliament ahead of crucial votes, starting next week, on the EU Posted Workers Enforcement Directive. The TUC would prefer it if the vote in the European Parliament employment committee (and subsequently the vote in plenary) were to be postponed;...
14 March 2014
Commenting on the report published today (Tuesday) by Business for Britain which says that workers employed by UK companies which don’t export to Europe should have fewer workplace rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
14 January 2014
Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, addressed the Institute for International and European Affairs in Dublin on Friday, 25 October. You can hear a podcast of her speech on their website. She shared her views on the European response to the financial and economic crises; the need for a stronger social...
26 October 2013

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