World Trade/Trade Justice

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The world trade system must enshrine labour standards if workers around the world are to be protected. The TUC campaigns for the International Labour Organisation to have a voice at the World Trade Organisation, the intergovernmental forum where the world’s trade rules are decided. We do this through our work with the ILO and global union partners, and other campaigning groups such as the Trade Justice Movement, and by lobbying the UK Government.

Steve Turner, TUC and Unite, spoke on paragraph 43 of the Manifesto and paragraphs 331 to 338 of the Action Programme at the ETUC Congress 2015 in Paris, on ETUC trade policy.
03 October 2015
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in response to an EU consultation on reviewing the free trade agreement between the EU and Mexico. Her letter calls for workers' rights to be central to negotiations and any new agreement.
28 August 2015
The European Parliament is going to vote soon (maybe as early as 8 June) on a resolution on the controversial TTIP trade agreement between the EU and the US (the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership). MEPs won't decide on TTIP directly, but this vote is a crucial opportunity for our...
27 May 2015
The European Parliament will vote soon on a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TUC believes this is a crucial opportunity for MEPs to hold the European Commission to account and make clear that they must negotiate trade deals in the public interest, not for private...
27 May 2015
There will be a rally at Leeds City Council Chambers on 28 April to examine the issues of Defeating Austerity, Free Trade Deals and Attacks on Trade union Rights. See our events page for full details of this free event.
22 April 2015
As part of the debate on sustainable jobs at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) world congress in Berlin in May, TUC General Council international spokesperson Sally Hunt explained the TUC’s concerns about the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and how unions can maximise their impact in the EU...
04 June 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to Trade Minister Vince Cable MP to press the case for next week's World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting in Bali to reflect global trade union demands, and in particular decent work, workers' rights and public services, as well as taking account of the...
29 November 2013
The recently adopted UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent a strong international consensus on how to tackle the global rise in business-related human rights abuses. To help bring them to life, the TUC has developed a set of recommendations for the UK government and other actors under...
24 October 2012
To mark the World Day for Decent Work, the TUC is releasing ‘A decent job?': a report assessing the Department for International Development's (DFID) efforts to secure decent jobs for the world's poor. DFID scores just 25 out of 56 points based on criteria developed from the International Labour Organisation's...
07 October 2012
Launched in 2007, the ongoing negotiations for an EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have thrown up a range of worrying issues for Indian and EU workers. This briefing note explains those concerns in more detail.
01 August 2012