Many transnational companies contract out production to smaller companies; some of which subcontract production of component parts, often to the world’s poorest countries where labour is cheap. The resulting supply chains stretch around the world. Workers at the bottom of these chains work under the worst conditions and get the lowest pay; yet many are contributing to the profits of some of the richest companies in the world.

The TUC campaigns for all workers to get a fair deal. We work with a range of NGOs involved in this area including War on Want, Banana Link, Cafod, Oxfam, Labour Behind the Label, Tourism Concern and the Trade Justice Movement. We are also active in the Ethical Trading Initiative, which puts pressure on companies to observe international labour standards, in particular the fight to organise and bargain collectively.

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