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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.


Commenting on the EU’s guidelines for the Brexit negotiations, agreed by the leaders of the remaining 27 member states, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
29 April 2017
EU proposals published today (Wednesday) to strengthen employment rights are a reminder that a bad Brexit deal will mean a worse deal at work for Brits compared to EU workers, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These are welcome proposals to improve the lives of working people...
26 April 2017
Commenting on the speech today (Tuesday) by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, which includes a commitment not to leave the UK lagging behind the EU for workplace protections, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The next government must guarantee that there will continue to be a level playing field after...
25 April 2017
Commenting on the European Parliament’s vote today pushing for a post-Brexit deal between the EU and the UK that protects current and future workplace rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister should welcome the European Parliament’s commitment to workers’ rights in the UK. It gives her a...
05 April 2017
On the morning of the day when Article 50 was triggered by the Prime Minister (29 March), TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady wrote a blog for the Social Europe website setting out what the British and European trade union movement want to see in the negotiations over the UK's exit...
02 April 2017
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady blogged at Huffington Post ahead of the triggering of Article 50, calling for the Prime Minister to put protecting working people's rights at the heart of her approach to negotiations to leave the European Union.
02 April 2017
Commenting on the draft guidelines published today (Friday) by the Council of the European Union on the EU’s principles and approach to Brexit negotiations, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister should accept the EU's 'bridge' offer, as it is the best way to make sure that British...
31 March 2017
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the white paper on the Great Repeal Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The proposals fall short of the Prime Minister’s promise to fully protect and maintain all workers’ rights that came from the EU.
30 March 2017
The TUC will be watching closely to make sure that every workplace right that comes from the EU is protected – now and into the future.
30 March 2017
Commenting on the triggering of Article 50 today (Wednesday) by the Prime Minister to initiate the UK’s exit from the EU, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister must take all the time needed to get the best deal for Britain – not just the fastest deal. British...
29 March 2017

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