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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.


On Wednesday 8 July, the European Parliament is likely to take an important vote on the controversial TTIP trade agreement between the EU and the US (Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership). But a last-minute compromise deal poses a real risk that our MEPs give away too much at this important...
02 July 2015
The TUC has today (Wednesday) written to David Cameron urging him not to jeopardise the rights of British workers in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU.
24 June 2015
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will call time on ‘zombie trade deals’, when she addresses the European Commission Trade Policy Day in Brussels today (Tuesday).
23 June 2015
Ahead of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, the Irish Congress and the TUC have joined in opposing any agenda that would see worker protection eroded.
18 June 2015
On the occasion of the meeting between Prime Ministrs Renzi and Cameron on Wednesday 17 June, Italian and British trade unions join in opposing Prime Minister Cameron’s agenda for Europe
17 June 2015
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
The TUC has written to MEPs today (Monday) calling on them to vote to make sure the European Parliament resolution on the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) clearly opposes Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The letter from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady also calls for MEPs to back protections for public...
08 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

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