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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.
The TUC is requesting affiliates, union members and the general public to make donations to the appeals set up by the Nepal Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Global Unions (UNI, PSI, BWI and EI), GEFONT, the Disasters Emergency Committee and the British Red Cross to help victims of the Earthquake in...
05 May 2015
The TUC has urged the Somali Prime Minister to uphold the rights and entitlements of workers and their representatives enshrined in the ILO conventions ratified by the Government of Somalia without any interference from the Ministry of Labour.
23 April 2015
International Development Matters Issue 140 April 2015 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC News Somali trade unionists develop work plan to improve pay and working conditions Training women to take leadership roles in...
21 April 2015
In a letter to Chancellor George Osborne, on the occasion of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings to be held in Washington from 17 to 19 April 2015, the TUC has urged the Government to support the Global Unions position on economic growth based on decent work while emphasising the need...
09 April 2015
TUC Aid has approved a grant to support Nicaragua's Confederation of Self Employed Workers in their work with women members. Self-employed women are locked in a struggle against low pay and long hours, but the union is hoping a programme of training and support can help them in the workplace...
09 March 2015
International Development Matters Issue 139 March 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 Aid Project Update: Organising & Training Support for Guatemalan Banana Workers TUC urges Government to support ILO enquiry...
09 March 2015
International Development Matters Issue 138 February 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 launches guide in 13 languages to tackle migrant worker exploitation TUC Aid: Improving pay and working conditions of...
11 February 2015
International Development Matters Issue 137 January 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 Promotes Women Trade Union Leaders in Bangladesh TUC Works to Strengthen Modern Slavery Bill TUC Supports International Migrants...
19 January 2015
International Development Matters Issue 136 December 2014 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC News TUC oppose net migration cap TUC Aid Appeal: Gaza plant nursery Other International News Home office releases new strategy...
22 December 2014
International Development Matters Issue 135 November 2014 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC News TUC urges government to do more to stop human rights abuses in Swaziland TUC calls for Cameron to commit...
12 November 2014

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