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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.

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
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has joined with 350 other leading academics and migration experts (full list here) to send a message to the Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May about their handling of the refugee crisis and urging them to do more. An edited version of...
06 September 2015
This is the full list of 351 signatories to the letter sent to the Prime Minister and Home Secretary about the refugee crisis.
06 September 2015
Responding to reports in the press today (Tuesday) that Cameron is planning to water down employment rights ahead of the EU poll, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These reports confirm that we were right to warn about Cameron’s designs on workers’ rights in his EU renegotiation strategy.
01 September 2015
The TUC has today (Thursday) written to the members of David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group urging them to protect the rights of British workers in any attempt to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU ahead of the referendum.
13 August 2015