The TUC represents trades unions on a UK basis, with 55 organisations affiliated, representing around 6,056,861 members (2012 figures).
The EIS has been affiliated to the TUC since 1978. We are the only solely Scottish affiliate, 4th largest in our category of unions and ranking 17th overall. The EIS is not represented on the General Council of the TUC, but participates in certain committees relating to Europe, employment rights and is represented on the Public Services Liaison Group and the Public Sector Forum.
In previous years an EIS representative has been elected to the TUC Women’s Committee. Relations with some national organisations and certain trade union aspects of relations with government are commonly conducted through the TUC. As the UK national trade union centre, TUC is the conduit for relations with the European TUC and related matters and the EIS is represented on the National European Network dealing with European Directives, Structural Funds and related issues.
The EIS sends a national delegation to the annual TUC Congress and participates in some national seminars and other conferences.
Local association representatives should note that relations with the TUC are conducted through EIS Headquarters, however, the contact details for information are:
Trades Union Congress
Great Russell Street
LONDON WC1B 3LS
Tel: 0207 636 4030