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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.

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
Paul McCarthy, GMB and TUC, spoke at the 2015 ETUC Congress in Paris on the Dying to Work campaign and health and safety at work
05 October 2015
Gail Cartmail, TUC and Unite, took part in a panel session on the future of the ETUC on the final day of the ETUC 2015 Congress in Paris.
03 October 2015
Steve Turner, TUC and Unite the Union, moving the TUC's emergency motion at the ETUC Congress 2015 in Paris, on the British government's European Union referendum renegotiation strategy.
03 October 2015
Steve Turner, TUC and Unite, spoke on paragraph 43 of the Manifesto and paragraphs 331 to 338 of the Action Programme at the ETUC Congress 2015 in Paris, on ETUC trade policy.
03 October 2015
The number of people working excessive hours has risen by 15 per cent since 2010, according to a new TUC analysis published today (Wednesday). The number of employees working more than 48 hours per week has now reached 3,417,000 – up by 453,000 since 2010 – following more than a decade of decline in long hours working.
09 September 2015