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The core labour standards have been defined by the ILO as the basic working conditions which all workers are entitled to. Work should be free from discrimination; basic rights of collective bargaining should be respected; nobody should be forced to work; and no child should work.

Labour standards lie at the heart of tackling poverty and the TUC supports the ILO in its campaign to make labour standards universal.

Find out more about the ILO's labour standards

cover of getting to the coreGetting to the Core is a new pamphlet produced by the TUC. It is designed to be a clear and brief introduction to the international trade union movements demands for the universal implementation of the United Nations International Labour Organisation's - Core Labour Standard. You can read the pamphlet online at http://www.tuc.org.uk/gettingtothecore


The TUC welcomes the announcement today (Monday) that the Rana Plaza Donors’ Trust Fund has finally met its target of $30 million. The announcement means that full compensation can be paid to the victims of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013, which killed almost 1200 workers.
08 June 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
The TUC is today (Tuesday) calling for all clothing companies that source from Bangladesh to make an adequate contribution to the Rana Plaza Fund. Full compensation for the victims should be raised by the second anniversary of the factory collapse which is this Friday (24 April).
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
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
Ahead of the Modern Slavery Bill which is due to be debated today (Wednesday) in the House of Lords, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This bill is an important piece of legislation in the fight against trafficking and forced labour.
25 February 2015

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