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The TUC has always been internationalist, working with unions throughout the world for social justice. In particular, the TUC has played a key role in advancing workers' rights in Europe and making the case for social Europe. We are affiliated to the world trade union body, the ITUC and the European TUC - both of which maintain up to date links to unions throughout the world.


Four human rights defenders have been arrested in Colombia and there are fears that more arrests may follow. The TUC condemns this cynical attempt to silence dissent from trade unions and indigenous and peasant groups, and calls for action to bring law enforcement agencies to heel.
21 July 2015
The TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has protested to the President of Iran about the arrest of teacher trade union leader Esmail Abdi on his way to attend the world congress of Education International, the global teacher union body. The TUC has also protested to the Foreign Secretary, and has...
14 July 2015
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will push for a better Europe for workers in her meeting today (Tuesday) with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel – who will chair the EU Council of Ministers throughout the UK renegotiation process ahead of the EU referendum.
14 July 2015
Commenting on reports in today’s (Saturday) newspapers that David Cameron is planning to demand an opt-out on EU work laws, TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady said: “David Cameron’s latest EU negotiating demand says more about the internal politics of the Conservative Party than the interests of the country. But in...
13 July 2015
The TUC Aid programme with National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) in Bangladesh has trained over 500 women workers in organising skills and their rights at work in order to develop them as future union leaders. Women make up the majority (85%) of workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh. They...
09 July 2015
A joint initiative by TUC Aid and Disability Aid Abroad (DAA) – Northern Ireland charity - has been successful in raising awareness of employment rights of disabled people in Rwanda and in securing support from local trade unions, East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC) and the Government of Rwanda for...
09 July 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
International Development Matters Issue 142 June 2015 IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events. TUC NEWS TUC welcomes Rana Plaza compensation fund finally reaching target $30 million TUC continues to support the fight against union...
25 June 2015
The TUC has today (Wednesday) written to David Cameron urging him not to jeopardise the rights of British workers in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU.
24 June 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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