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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.

Commenting on today’s (Sunday) speeches by Theresa May and David Davis on the government’s approach to Brexit, which included a commitment to protect and improve workers’ rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister must follow her words on improving workers‘ rights with action...
03 October 2016
100 days after the vote to leave the EU, the TUC is today (Friday) calling on Theresa May to assure working people she will protect their rights that are currently guaranteed by the EU, and will make sure British workers don't fall behind European workers in the future.
30 September 2016
Britain’s economic prospects after leaving the EU.
12 September 2016
This morning (Monday), the General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, will set out her priorities for working people, and for Brexit, in a keynote speech to the TUC Congress 2016.
12 September 2016
The TUC has submitted evidence to the British Future inquiry into the status of EU nationals in the UK. The submission calls for all EU citizens living and working in the country before Britain leaves the EU to be given permanent right to remain. This would acknowledge the fact these...
08 September 2016
Unions, employers and the government must redouble efforts to tackle the increase in racism following the vote to leave the EU, according to a new TUC report released today (Monday).
08 August 2016
Download Managing migration better for Britain - Report (PDF) What the government should be doing now The EU referendum campaign gave a voice to communities who feel abandoned by globalisation, deindustrialisation and the pace of change. In many of those communities – often, but not always, outside London and the...
04 August 2016
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of manufacturing survey data from Markit, which show a fall in manufacturing activity and an increase in job losses in the sector, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Today’s report of job losses in manufacturing is deeply concerning. It’s very clear now that the...
01 August 2016
It is vital that the TUC has a central role in the coming years of Brexit negotiations and discussions, so we can protect the interests of working people and their families. The TUC has published five tests that it is calling on the government to apply before triggering Article 50...
01 August 2016
Reacting to the announcement today (Thursday) by Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) that future job losses will be greater and faster than previously announced, the TUC has called on the government to take urgent action to protect jobs in the more challenging economic conditions that are developing following the Brexit vote.
28 July 2016