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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.

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
The TUC has today (Friday) called on the Prime Minister to make clear to Britain’s bosses that any watering down of workers’ rights following Brexit is off the table. The TUC call follows the emergence of a letter sent to MPs by Simon Boyd, the head of REIDsteel, which details...
23 December 2016
The TUC and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have today (Sunday) published an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to end the uncertainty for workers and businesses by confirming that the government will give current EU migrants a right to remain after Brexit.
18 December 2016
On Wednesday last week MPs from the cross-party Exiting the EU Select Committee heard evidence on how Brexit could affect the world of work, from the TUC’s Frances O’Grady, CBI’s Carolyn Fairbairn and former BCC Director turned Brexit campaigner, John Longworth. We’ve heard a lot of promises in recent months...
12 December 2016
The TUC is calling on the government to protect jobs and rights at work by negotiating a deal to keep Britain’s single market membership. In a report published today, 'Brexit: A New Deal for Working People', the TUC sets out the objectives trade unions want the government to pursue to...
08 December 2016
The government must set out a clear plan for what happens next and tell the British people what terms they are seeking so we get the best result for Britain. First and foremost, the TUC’s job is to stand up for working people whichever way they voted in the referendum...
07 December 2016
EU migrants in the UK contribute about £2bn a year more in taxes than they get back, but that money isn’t being shared fairly. The TUC report sets out what local communities could use a properly resourced Migration Impacts Fund to deliver, and also argues that the best people to...
21 November 2016