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HIV/AIDS is a global problem, undermining economic progress and development. It has a particularly devastating effect on working populations in many developing countries, particularly in Africa. Trade unions – alongside employers, governments and local communities – have a crucial role in fighting the pandemic.

The TUC is tackling HIV/AIDS in the following ways. We:

  • provide material support for training and education in the workplace on protection against HIV/AIDS (find out more about the TUC programmes in Africa)
  • fight to ensure that workers do not face stigma and discrimination because of their HIV/AIDS status
  • campaign to make HIV/AIDS treatments affordable and available to all
  • take part in development and co-ordination of trade union policies on HIV and AIDS.

The TUC, in collaboration with the ICFTU, Global Unions and NGOs campaigning on HIV/AIDS, promotes the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work. This is a practical guide to developing workplace policies, prevention and care programmes.

Maureen Onyia-Ekwuazi, Head of the Occupational Health and Safety Department at the Nigeria Labour Congress has sent us the following report on what has happened in Nigeria since the conclusion of a TUC Aid project on HIV/AIDS which was implemented between 2009 and 2012. It shows the lasting impact that...
01 May 2016
There are more than 107,000 people (2013 estimate) living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the UK, mostly of working age, of whom a quarter are unaware of their status. Although most who live with HIV in the UK have normal life expectancy and lead fulfilling working lives, a...
22 September 2015
On World AIDS Day, the TUC publishes a report on how social protection floors can help deliver the 'triple zero option' of zero deaths from HIV-AIDS, zero new infections and zero stigma and discrimination, as part of the post-2015 international development agenda.
01 December 2013
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined the Global Week of Action on Swaziland with a letter to the Swazi High Commissioner in London being hand delivered by a delegation of Swazi refugees, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) and Unison. The letter coincides with action in Swaziland and around the...
05 September 2013
Independent researchers recognize trade union contribution to HIV prevention in Nigeria.
07 August 2013
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
11 January 2013
To mark World AIDS Day, the TUC held a seminar on Monday 3 December bringing together Nigerian trade unionist Maureen Onyia and international trade union and AIDS campaign speakers to talk about what can be done to promote workplace solutions. TUC Assistant General Secretary Kay Carberry gave the following speech...
03 December 2012
TUC Assistant General Secretary Kay Carberry addressed the TUC World AIDS Day event on 3 December, about the role of unions and workplace action against HIV/AIDS.
03 December 2012
Day 2 of the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC. The ITUC delegation to the Conference took time off to join a march organised by Robin Hood Tax campaigners in the US...
29 July 2012
On Monday, representatives of sex workers made a passionate and well-argued case for the recognition of their employment and human rights in a lively session on the margins of the XIX International AIDS Conference now being held in Washington DC.
24 July 2012