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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 continues to support the CTCP union, which organises self-employed workers in Nicaragua, in their work to recruit more women to the union and to encourage woman members to take up leadership positions.
15 August 2016
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
29 July 2016
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has written to the South Korean Ambassador in the UK to strongly condemn the criminal charges against Han Sang-gyun, the President of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). On 5 January, 2016, Han was indicted for charges related to the “obstruction of public duty”, “destruction...
12 July 2016
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
27 June 2016
TUC Aid project update on supporting the promotion of human and employment rights of disabled people in East Africa.
23 June 2016
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
26 May 2016
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
05 May 2016
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
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
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
01 April 2016

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