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The TUC is committed to supporting people around the world in their struggle to achieve decent healthcare, education, employment, freedom from persecution and discrimination and the right to a say in how they are governed. These development issues are an integral and historic part of the trade union movement’s commitment to global solidarity.

The TUC’s development work is divided into three areas:

  • The TUC lobbies and campaigns for broad development issues like more and better aid for developing countries or the cancellation of debt. Much of this work is done in partnership with other organisations such as international trade union bodies or non-governmental organisations.
  • The TUC supports affiliate unions to do more on international development and combating global poverty, especially through raising the awareness of their members and developing links with trade unions from developing countries. See Funding Opportunities and the TUC and DFID.
  • The TUC’s charity – TUC Aid – enables British trade unionists to support workers around the world who face discrimination, or experience life-threatening disasters.
TUC Aid will be supporting the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) to run a further set of training to develop female leaders in garment unions
28 January 2016
International Development Matters Issue number 149 January 2016 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC NEWS TUC successfully campaigns to get 2014 ILO Forced Labour Protocol ratified TUC Aid: Improving employment prospects of disabled...
27 January 2016
On 9 December 2015, Owen Tudor of the TUC and Neil Carberry of the CBI wrote to DWP Minister Priti Patel urging the government to ratify the ILO Forced Labour Protocol agreed at the International Labour Conference in 2014. On 22 January 2016, the UK Government became only the third...
22 January 2016
In late November, Noé Ramirez, General Secretary of the Guatemalan banana workers’ union SITRABI, visited the UK with the support of unions and TUC Aid.
15 January 2016
TUC Aid – development arm of the British trade movement – is continuing its support for the promotion of human and employment rights of disabled people in East Africa.
15 January 2016
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
22 December 2015
International Development Matters Issue number 147 November 2015 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC NEWS TUC protests at clampdown on Indonesian unions' minimum wage protest TUC General Secretary writes to Korean Ambassador to...
26 November 2015
In May, the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) completed the set of training courses run for the TUC Aid programme to promote women’s leadership in Bangladesh. To gauge the effectiveness of the programme, an evaluation was conducted into the programme by the Danish union federation 3F which has offices in...
20 November 2015
International Development Matters Issue number 146 October 2015 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC NEWS TUC demands action to dismantle Colombian paramilitary groups TUC General Secretary writes to Myanmar Ambassador to call for...
30 October 2015
International Development Matters Issue number 145 September 2015 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC NEWS Frances O’Grady’s message to the Solidarity with Refugees protest TUC calls for workers' rights in Mexico-EU trade deal...
02 October 2015

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