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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.


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
Commenting on reports today (Tuesday) that the government is considering a four-year ban on tax credit qualification for new migrants that would not only affect migrants, but also young working families, care leavers and disabled people, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Young working families should not have their support...
11 August 2015
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will push for a better Europe for workers in her meeting today (Tuesday) with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel – who will chair the EU Council of Ministers throughout the UK renegotiation process ahead of the EU referendum.
14 July 2015
Commenting on reports in today’s (Saturday) newspapers that David Cameron is planning to demand an opt-out on EU work laws, TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady said: “David Cameron’s latest EU negotiating demand says more about the internal politics of the Conservative Party than the interests of the country. But in...
13 July 2015
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

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