Aid and Debt

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The TUC supports the UN's call for all rich countries to spend at least 0.7 per cent of national income on aid to developing countries. The TUC believes that aid should not be linked to blanket economic conditions – such as economic liberalisation. However, we do believe that aid should be linked to political reform such as decent labour standards, democracy, good governance and the promotion of equality.

The TUC supports the Jubilee Debt Campaign [] in its demand for all debt to the world's poorest countries to be written off.

The TUC is an active member of the MakePovertyHistory campaign

On Friday 1 March 2013, the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill is listed again for its Second Reading in the House of the Commons. The TUC urges MPs to attend for the debate and vote in favour of the Second Reading.
21 February 2013
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written today to the International Development Secretary, Justine Greening MP, urging her to provide parliamentary time for the Mark Hendricks Bill legislating for 0.7% of Gross National Income to be spent on overseas aid (the UN target).
19 February 2013
On 12 January 2010, a massive earthquake struck the west coast of Haiti causing terrible death and destruction. To commemorate this catastrophe, come to this event at Congress House. Tickets are priced at £10, £5 unwaged – send cheques made out to “TUC” to TUC Haiti Event, Congress House, Great...
16 December 2011
At the end of November, governments will gather in Busan, South Korea, to discuss aid effectiveness. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is pressing for a conclusion that promotes pro-poor growth and favours working people, and TUC General Secretary has written to Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development,...
14 November 2011
There is unmistakeable evidence that international financial institutions, especially, the World Bank and IMF, despite their public pronouncements, continue to make use of economic conditionality under various guises, especially, on fragile economies in the developing world. “The much vaunted shift of onus for key policy decisions to national authorities is...
01 April 2011
1 December 2010 “It begins by protesting the cancellation of NGO interventions in the opening plenary yesterday….. the struggle to keep definite space for civil society engagement was unsettling enough. But this was doubly so when word about the disappearance of just transition from the negotiation texts got confirmed.” Kingsley...
03 March 2011
When it comes to tackling poverty, DFID's Development Finance Institution, the CDC group, is at the back of the class, as a new report from the TUC shows.
13 September 2010
On a beautifully sunny weekend, the Playfair 2012 campaign attracted huge interest from the thousands of festival goers at Tolpuddle from 16-18 July 2010.
22 July 2010
Brendan Barber TUC General Secretary has written to Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the upcoming G20 Leaders' Summit in Canada, urging him to take up global union proposals on jobs, taxation, financial reform and green industries.
14 June 2010
campaign actions to up the pressure on political leaders to implement a Robin Hood Tax
29 April 2010