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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 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
As a global campaign launches to persuade corporates sourcing from Bangladesh to compensate the Rana Plaza factory disaster survivors and victims' families, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Chairman of Benetton asking the company to make an appropriate donation to the Rana Plaza Arrangement fund, managed by...
24 February 2014
To coincide with the publication of "The Global Development Crisis" by Ben Selwyn of Sussex University, in which he makes the case for 'labour-centred development', the TUC is sponsoring a debate on the evening of Thursday 23 January 2014.
15 January 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to Trade Minister Vince Cable MP to press the case for next week's World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting in Bali to reflect global trade union demands, and in particular decent work, workers' rights and public services, as well as taking account of the...
29 November 2013