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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 published a new briefing, Protecting Health and Safety after Brexit, which warns trade unionists and working people that health and safety protections are at risk from the government’s Brexit plans.
17 May 2017
A decision announced today (Tuesday) by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has important consequences for Brexit and the future trade deals that the UK makes with the EU, says the TUC.
16 May 2017
The debate around Brexit, and the possibility that the UK will readjust its economic model to preserve its competitive advantage, has reawakened concerns about the ‘race to the bottom’ in Europe. Given the uncertain terms under which the Brexit negotiations will be carried out and the consequences of the policy...
05 May 2017
A new study published today (Friday) by the TUC warns that working people in both the UK and the EU are at risk from the erosion of workplace rights after Brexit – especially those in low-skilled jobs.
05 May 2017
Report by NIESR for the TUC. An increase in insecure forms of work has been identified in most European countries. While there is widespread agreement on the international expansion of insecure forms of work, the drivers and subsequent nature of that insecurity are thought to be highly variable. This report...
03 May 2017
Commenting on the EU’s guidelines for the Brexit negotiations, agreed by the leaders of the remaining 27 member states, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
29 April 2017
EU proposals published today (Wednesday) to strengthen employment rights are a reminder that a bad Brexit deal will mean a worse deal at work for Brits compared to EU workers, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These are welcome proposals to improve the lives of working people...
26 April 2017
Commenting on the speech today (Tuesday) by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, which includes a commitment not to leave the UK lagging behind the EU for workplace protections, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The next government must guarantee that there will continue to be a level playing field after...
25 April 2017
Commenting on the European Parliament’s vote today pushing for a post-Brexit deal between the EU and the UK that protects current and future workplace rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister should welcome the European Parliament’s commitment to workers’ rights in the UK. It gives her a...
05 April 2017
On the morning of the day when Article 50 was triggered by the Prime Minister (29 March), TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady wrote a blog for the Social Europe website setting out what the British and European trade union movement want to see in the negotiations over the UK's exit...
02 April 2017

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