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Trade is increasingly international, beyond the control of individual governments. Many companies operate out of different countries, meaning that capital and production moves around the world, often looking for the cheapest environments where controls are loosest. For many workers around the world this has meant lower labour standards and a decline in their rights at work.

Co-operation and solidarity between trade unionists, unions, national centres (such as the TUC) and international trade union organisations play an increasingly crucial role in safeguarding workers' rights. The TUC works with a large number of international trade union organisations [link to section on this site] to campaign for a trade system with a social element – not tacked on to the end, but at its heart.


The TUC has written to the Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox calling for him to oppose the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) which will be discussed by ministers at a European Council meeting on Friday (23 September) in Bratislava, Slovakia.
21 September 2016
The TUC General Secretary has written to MEPs calling on them to oppose the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) when it is considered in the International Trade Committee and European Parliament. Trade unions in UK and internationally are opposed to the agreement...
19 June 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
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady, has written to Commissioner Malmstrom to accompany our response to the European Commission consultation on possible changes in the methodology to establish dumping/subsidisation in trade defence investigations of China.
21 April 2016
Commenting on today’s (Monday) announcement of around 1,000 job losses at TATA steel plants in Wales, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
18 January 2016
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has called on Trade Minister Lord Maude to reject Market Economy Status for China and support a renewal of EU trade defence instruments at today's meeting of EU Trade Ministers in Brussels.
27 November 2015
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
On Wednesday 8 July, the European Parliament is likely to take an important vote on the controversial TTIP trade agreement between the EU and the US (Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership). But a last-minute compromise deal poses a real risk that our MEPs give away too much at this important...
02 July 2015
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will call time on ‘zombie trade deals’, when she addresses the European Commission Trade Policy Day in Brussels today (Tuesday).
23 June 2015

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