From the TUC


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.

Time (and patience) running out for agreement on global supply chains

08 Jun 2016, by in International

As the ILO debates how to improve working conditions in Global Supply Chains, Employers are resisting responsibility for malpractice in those chains and some governments are time wasting The efforts of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to prepare an effective position on tackling widespread exploitation of workers producing goods for western companies are up against…

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Workers’ rights in global supply chains debated at the ILO: fireworks predicted

30 May 2016, by in International

The question of how to better protect workers in global supply chains is dominating discussions at this year’s ILO conference in Geneva. The 105th conference session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) – the UN agency that sets international labour standards – opened today. The ILO is tripartite, so governments are accompanied by representatives of workers and…

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Unions on the march across Europe, USA and Canada to say no to Market Economy Status for China

25 May 2016, by in International

Today Unite, GMB and Community held a March of Steelmakers in London which brought steel workers from across the country to Westminster to demand the government ensure the responsible sale of Tata Steel’s UK assets and deliver a sustainable industrial strategy. A key cause of the crisis currently facing the steel industry is the UK government’s…

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EU launches consultation on social impact of TTIP

20 May 2016, by in International

Last week, the European Commission launched a consultation on its latest ‘Sustainability Impact Assessment’ report of the EU-US trade deal known as TTIP. Beneath this rather technical title lies an important opportunity for campaigners to call for TTIP negotiations to dramatically change direction to respect workers’ rights and public services. It seems the growing coalition…

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