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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

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
IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
22 December 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined international pressure on the Cambodian government to enter meaningful consultations with trade unions over the forthcoming trade union law.
03 December 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

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