Europe

Share this page

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 General Council, meeting on Wednesday 25 February 2015, adopted a statement of solidarity with the people and trade unions of Greece.
25 February 2015
On Wednesday, TUC President Leslie Manasseh addressed a Greece Solidarity Campaign rally at Congress House marking Syriza’s election victory the previous Sunday. This is an edited version.
31 January 2015
On the 8th and 9th December, the 13th British-German Trade Union Forum took place in London, focussing on workplace democracy, discussing Workers‘ voice – good governance and workplace democracy.
17 December 2014
Responding to David Cameron’s announcement today (Friday) that EU migrants will not be able to claim benefits for four years after arriving in the UK, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister is taking a sledgehammer to a problem that he has exaggerated. People are coming to Britain...
28 November 2014
TUC Europe spokesperson Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the CWU, took part in a high-level European trade union leaders' summit in Rome on Monday 6 October ahead of the European Jobs Summit in Milan on Wednesday convened by the Italian Presidency of the EU. This is an extract of the...
08 October 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has sent a letter of solidarity to the 595 women cleaners sacked from the Greek Finance Ministry as part of the austerity measures in Greece. An international day of solidarity is being held on 20 September, with events in the UK organised by the Greece...
19 September 2014
This Thursday we will see the result of the European Elections. As a trade unionist I know, as a rule, that working people are stronger together, indeed our whole movement is based on collective action. It's a lesson already learnt in our workplaces, across industry, throughout society and yes, across...
19 May 2014
Speaking ahead of the New Path 4 Europe demonstration in Brussels today (Friday), TUC General Council spokesperson on Europe, and CWU General Secretary, Billy Hayes said:
04 April 2014
Commenting on the report published today (Monday) by British Influence, which finds that over four million jobs in the UK today are dependent on exports to the European Union, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
31 March 2014
TUC President Mohammad Taj spoke today (19 March) at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) summit on the future of Europe, ahead of the leaders' summit in Brussels next week. He addressed the British Government's resistance to freedom of movement, and set out the trade union case for migration based...
19 March 2014

Pages