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The Trades Union Councils' 2014 to 2015 programme of work,
This is an updated directory which lists all 154 registered

Trades Union Councils bring together unions to work and campaign around issues affecting working people in their local workplaces and communities. Trades Union Councils aim to:

  • raise public awareness of rights at work and the union role in enforcing those rights.
  • promote organising and recruitment drives to build union membership.
  • support union and community campaigns for dignity and respect in the workplace and beyond.

With the threats of racism and fascism, changes in the labour market and debates over the future of public services, the trade union voice in the community is as important as ever. The capacity of trades union councils to provide a local response and to organise trade unionists into coalitions with other progressive forces is crucial. They do this by providing services which keep local trade unionists up to date with developments within the wider trade union movement, and by taking up relevant local industrial and community issues.

How Trades Union Councils work

Trades Union Councils consist of trade unions or branches of trade unions which meet within the area covered by that council, or which have members working or living in the area. A union branch will normally affiliate to the trades union council in the area in which it meets. Each branch will then send delegates to the trades union council's meetings. These branches pay an affiliation fee. Their delegates elect officers from amongst themselves to represent the views and priorities of the constituent branches and to take responsibility for working for and supporting the policy of Congress and the TUC General Council. This is because trades union councils are registered with the TUC, rather than being entirely independent bodies. The Annual Conference of Trades Union Councils takes place over a May weekend.

For more details about Trades Union Councils, you can read the TUC's guide, Unions in the Community. You can also see an A-Z list of Trades Union Councils.

To download a copy of the Trades Union Councils logo visit our logo downloads page.

Only one week to go - register now! This conference aims to bring together trade unionists, TUC unemployed workers centre staff and users and welfare campaign activists- to challenge the consensus narrative on Welfare and develop the agenda for a fight-back.
20 February 2015
This conference takes place on Friday, 27th February at Congress House. The conference, called by the TUC National Unemployed Workers Centres Consultative Committee, aims to bring together trade unionists and the TUC unemployed workers centres - to challenge the consensus narrative on Welfare and develop the agenda for a fight-back...
29 January 2015
The General Council has approved revised Model Rules and Standing Orders, prepared by the Trades Councils Joint Consultative Committee, for the use of Trades Union Councils. Trades union councils are asked to update their own constitution, rules and standing orders to ensure that they are compatible with the Model Rules.
22 October 2014
The Trades Union Councils' 2014 to 2015 programme of work, 'Britain Needs a Pay Rise', continues the themes established last year and is based around the TUC 2014 campaign against austerity ‘Countdown to a future that works’.
14 August 2014
This is an updated directory which lists all 154 registered Trades Union Councils and 24 County Associations in England and Wales, by order of the region. We hope you find this directory useful.
11 August 2014
This booklet contains all the resolutions which were passed at the Trades Union Councils Annual Conference held this year on 14th and 15th June in Cardiff.
08 July 2014
Trades Union Councils and County Associations are an important part of the labour movement, bringing together activists at a grassroots level and representing the trade union movement to the broader community. All unions, affiliated to the TUC, are asked to circulate this directory to their union branches and encourage them...
28 March 2014
We have compiled a list of links to Trades Union Councils across the UK.
07 December 2012
The Trades Union Councils Joint Consultative Committee has decided that the rules and guidance should give clearer guidance to those wishing to establish trades union councils or to new officers of trades union councils and county associations about their role. The new rules also reflect the changes to procedures which...
08 November 2012
Find the contact details for trades union councils in your area
26 October 2012