Globalisation

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GlobalisationThe rapid and huge increase in the amount of economic activity taking place across national boundaries has had an enormous impact on the lives of workers and their communities everywhere.The current form of globalisation, with the international rules and policies that underpin it, has brought poverty and hardship to millions of workers, particularly those in developing and transition countries.They have seen an erosion of their working conditions, wages and job security in a time of unprecedented wealth and technological capability.

There is no doubt that globalisation creates problems for workers. These problems do not respond to purely national solutions and an international response is therefore needed from the trade union movement in order to safeguard workers' and other social rights.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Argentinian Ambassador to the UK to express solidarity with the 6 April strike against austerity being mounted by the Argentinian trade union movement.
06 April 2017
Ahead of British Prime Minister May’s meeting with President Trump later today, the top trade union leaders in the US (AFLCIO President Richard Trumka) and UK (TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady) issued this statement.
27 January 2017
The National Garment Workers' Federation (NGWF) of Bangladesh is a partner union, an affiliate of IndustriALL, and one of the most progressive unions in the Bangladesh textile industry. TUC Aid has been funding training programmes for women members and we have had the General Secretary, Amirul Haque Amin, to speak...
24 April 2016
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has joined with 350 other leading academics and migration experts (full list here) to send a message to the Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May about their handling of the refugee crisis and urging them to do more. An edited version of...
06 September 2015
This is the full list of 351 signatories to the letter sent to the Prime Minister and Home Secretary about the refugee crisis.
06 September 2015
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
As business leaders and heads of state gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum which begins today (Wednesday), the TUC says that issues on the agenda like inequality and employment need a greater range of voices around the table. TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, who is attending the Forum...
21 January 2015
In its submission to the IDC, the TUC points out that despite its declared intention of helping people to work their way out of poverty, DFID has paid scant regard to the protection and promotion of their employment rights and overlooked the opportunity to enhance the impact of its interventions...
16 October 2014
The TUC has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the occasion of the annual meetings of the IMF/World Bank to be held in Washington in October, calling on the government to support a globally coordinated wage and public investment-led recovery strategy proposed by the global Unions in their...
30 September 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to GEFONT, a Nepalese trade union confederation, to express condolences for the death on 18 April of Sherpa Dorje Khatri, who led the Nepalese Sherpa union in the Himalayas, and took the ITUC flag to the pinnacle of Everest to demonstrate the importance...
22 April 2014

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