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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.


This report will explore the recent history of sustainable industrial policies. There was not one single moment when the threat of global warming stopped being the concern of a committed minority and became widely accepted. However, milestones – such as the success of the Green Party in the UK in...
22 July 2016
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation at 0.5%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The UK’s continuing low inflation is a sign that the economy is below full strength. Theresa May’s government has shown a new willingness to take action...
19 July 2016
Two-thirds (66%) of voters want a cross-party team of politicians, employers and trade unions to negotiate Brexit, according to new polling published by the TUC last Wednesday. The poll – of 2,716 adults – found that both Remain (69%) and Leave (65%) overwhelmingly believe that politicians (from across the House),...
18 July 2016
One in four German companies with operations in the UK plan to cut jobs following the vote to leave the EU, according to a new survey by the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
07 July 2016
Commenting on the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Report, published today (Tuesday) which outlines heightened risks following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
05 July 2016
A national action plan to protect the economy, jobs and workers’ rights. In this short paper, the TUC proposes specific actions which can be taken immediately or in the coming weeks. After the vote to leave the European Union, the UK is in uncharted waters both politically and economically. The...
01 July 2016
The TUC has today (Friday) published findings from a poll taken immediately after the EU referendum ballot closed, and its action plan for protecting jobs and industry. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people’s wages have not recovered since the financial crash of 2008. They must not be asked...
01 July 2016
The CBI and TUC have issued a joint statement on the role of the Government, business and trade unions in the coming weeks to minimise the impact on workers and the economy following the EU referendum.
30 June 2016
Commenting on the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) call for certainty for migrant workers following the vote to leave the EU, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
29 June 2016
The British people have made their views clear. Responding to confirmation that the referendum has resulted in a vote to leave the European Union, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: "As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, the first priority now is to protect jobs and defend the...
24 June 2016

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