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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

IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
28 April 2017
TUC Aid and the Trade Union Unit Trust (TUUT) are supporting the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) to produce a second annual review of human and trade union rights in Somalia covering developments in 2016. The report will record and analyse information of trade union rights violations to raise...
18 February 2017
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Kazakstan Ambassador as part of a global trade union campaign calling for the government to abandon attempts to deregister the national trade union centre, the CNTUK. There is a LabourStart campaign action that we are encouraging people to take, at https://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=3243
30 December 2016
As part of the Committee on the Application of Standards’ consideration of the UK Trade Union Act 2016, Amanda Brown, NUT Assistant General Secretary and UK worker delegate to the Committee made the following speech.
07 June 2016
As part of the Committee on the Application of Standards’ consideration of the UK Trade Union Act 2016, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions President George Nkiwane made the following speech.
07 June 2016
As part of the Committee on the Application of Standards’ consideration of the UK Trade Union Act 2016, CGIL international officer Silvana Cappuccio, Italian worker delegate to the ILO made the following speech.
07 June 2016
As part of the Committee on the Application of Standards’ consideration of the UK Trade Union Act 2016, Jeff Sissons from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) made the following speech.
07 June 2016
As part of the Committee on the Application of Standards’ consideration of the UK Trade Union Act 2016, Ruwan Subasinghe from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) made the following speech.
07 June 2016
This letter from two jailed Iranian teacher trade unionists announces the reasons for their hunger strike. The TUC will be joining protests against the Iranian regime's appalling record on abuse of workers' rights on 1 May.
26 April 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

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