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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 details emerging today (Tuesday) of the EU renegotiation deal sought by the Prime Minister, which includes proposals to allow the UK to restrict in-work benefits for migrants, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister is still missing the point. Tinkering with benefits for poorly-paid migrant workers...
02 February 2016
Ahead of today and tomorrow's December European Council, the TUC joined with Italian unions and the European Trade Union Confederation to reject proposals for a two-tier Europe in a newspaper article by the Foreign Ministers of Italy and the UK. The joint union statement says "Workers in the UK cannot...
17 December 2015
Ahead of the Prime Minister’s presentation to EU leaders today (Thursday) of his proposals for reform ahead of the UK referendum on EU membership, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister’s proposal to stop in-work benefits for EU citizens working in the UK is putting the cart before...
17 December 2015
Commenting on the vote expected to take place today (Tuesday) in the House of Commons on a decision by the House of Lords that the voting age should be lowered to 16 for the EU referendum, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The EU referendum will seal the fate of...
08 December 2015
In January, the Dutch Government will take over the Presidency of the European Union, which will make them crucial to the EU renegotiation strategy of the UK government. Europe Minister David Lidington is travelling to the Hague today, Thursday 26 November, to see the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert...
26 November 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady and leader of the German trade union movement DGB President Reiner Hoffman have issued a statement on the UK's EU renegotiation strategy, setting out shared principles for the Europe they want to see.
19 November 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has sent a letter of solidarity to Greek unions who have called a general strike for today, 12 November.
12 November 2015
date: 6 November 2015 embargo : For immediate release Prime Minister must come clean about his EU renegotiation agenda, says TUC Commenting on reports that David Cameron could send the long-awaited letter setting out his EU renegotiation agenda to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk as early as...
06 November 2015
TUC Head of EU and International Relations Owen Tudor spoke at the Charter Group in Dublin on 23 October about the British Government's EU referendum strategy and the threat it posed not only to the rights of British workers but to the European social model generally.
25 October 2015
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

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