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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.


Speaking on Government's proposals on Ireland and Northern Ireland published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
16 August 2017
Continued single market membership during the transition between the UK leaving the EU and the final deal is the best way to protect jobs and workers’ rights, the TUC said this evening (Thursday) in response to a CBI speech.
06 July 2017
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will give a speech today (Tuesday) to the Biennial Conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). On Brexit, she will pledge to work with Irish trade unionists to avoid a hard border, saying: "A hard border would be bad for jobs, bad for...
04 July 2017
Commenting on the white paper published today (Monday) on the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK after Brexit, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister is using people as bargaining chips. It’s a shameful way to treat people who are making a valuable contribution to...
26 June 2017
The TUC is warning today (Friday) that, one year on from the referendum on UK membership of the EU, the government’s plans are still not good enough to make Brexit a success for working people.
23 June 2017
Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) Queen’s Speech, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The election showed that working people are fed up with an economy that doesn’t work for them – but the government still isn’t listening.
21 June 2017
The TUC has published a new briefing, Protecting Health and Safety after Brexit, which warns trade unionists and working people that health and safety protections are at risk from the government’s Brexit plans.
17 May 2017
A decision announced today (Tuesday) by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has important consequences for Brexit and the future trade deals that the UK makes with the EU, says the TUC.
16 May 2017
The debate around Brexit, and the possibility that the UK will readjust its economic model to preserve its competitive advantage, has reawakened concerns about the ‘race to the bottom’ in Europe. Given the uncertain terms under which the Brexit negotiations will be carried out and the consequences of the policy...
05 May 2017
A new study published today (Friday) by the TUC warns that working people in both the UK and the EU are at risk from the erosion of workplace rights after Brexit – especially those in low-skilled jobs.
05 May 2017

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