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Trade union rights - freedom of association and the right to effective collective bargaining - are human rights. Freedom of association ensures that workers can work with each other and with their employers to negotiate work relations. Effective collective bargaining helps ensure that workers and employers negotiate on equal terms, allowing for fair, equitable outcomes.

Trade union rights are violated in many parts of the world. In some cases, workers are denied rights of association; in others, workers' organisations are disrupted and trade unionists are persecuted.

The TUC actively supports trade unionists who face discrimination and danger through the

The TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has protested to the President of Iran about the arrest of teacher trade union leader Esmail Abdi on his way to attend the world congress of Education International, the global teacher union body. The TUC has also protested to the Foreign Secretary, and has...
14 July 2015
Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that 42 people in Bangladesh have been charged with murder in connection with the Rana Plaza factory collapse which killed almost 1200 people in 2013, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is important that those responsible for the terrible loss of life at...
01 June 2015
On the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the TUC is today (Friday) calling for urgent action on widespread violence against trade unions in Bangladesh and unpaid compensation to the victims of Rana Plaza.
24 April 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
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
The Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) is organising informal sector workers in Somalia through a project funded by TUC Aid. A survey on pay and working conditions has been carried out in Mogadishu and Puntland as part of the initiative, followed by a workshop aimed at developing an action...
24 March 2015
The TUC, in a letter to Hugo Swire, FCO Minister, has called for the UK Government’s backing for the establishment of an ILO Commission of Inquiry into trade union rights violations in Fiji in line with the ILO Governing Body’s decision in March 2014.
26 February 2015
The TUC General Council, meeting on Wednesday 25 February 2015, adopted a statement of solidarity with the people and trade unions of Greece.
25 February 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Foreign Secretary urging him to intervene with the authorities in Hong Kong to refrain from arrests aimed at leaders of the Umbrella Movement and in particular the leaders of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.
10 January 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond MP demanding more action to help the defenders of Kobane and the refugees displaced by ISIL, and, in the longer term, calling for a more inclusive Iraqi government, based on human and trade union rights. She has...
05 November 2014

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