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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.


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
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show overall growth of 0.6% for the last quarter, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good news that growth strengthened in the last quarter before the referendum. The priority now is protecting growth...
27 July 2016
The TUC is today (Tuesday) publishing five tests that it is calling on the government to apply before triggering Article 50 to take the UK out of the European Union. The tests will make sure that working people do not pay the price for the vote to leave the EU,...
26 July 2016
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

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