The Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG) brings together ten national unions (BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUJ, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, UCU and URTU) to co-ordinate campaigning activities in Parliament and beyond. 

Aims and objectives

The TUCG will promote greater co-operation and co-ordination between its members with regards to Parliamentary representation on its key issues and will work alongside supportive Members of Parliament on a cross-party basis with the specific purpose of representing the unions in the promotion of its key policy objectives, in particular: 

  • The eradication of low pay and the protection of working people’s living standards by opposition to cuts in pay and pensions, the securing of a decent minimum wage and properly negotiated wage settlements
  • Opposition to the privatisation of public services and returning already-privatised sectors/services back into  public ownership with adequate investment and funding
  • The promotion of trade union rights, in particular the enactment of the Trade Union Freedom Bill
  • The promotion of equalities legislation to eliminate discrimination in pay, and conditions of employment
  • The promotion of a welfare state providing a decent living standard and dignity for those on social security, including a basic state pension rising in line with earnings
  • The setting of a new legislative framework for health and safety to ensure the laws and resources are available to secure quality of life at work.
  • The promotion of global justice, a sustainable environment and internationalism



Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) - the largest independent food workers union in the British Isles, covering England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, representing members throughout the food sector from production to retail. FBU

The Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) - representing over 85% of the uniformed staff of the UK fire and service, including emergency fire control staff and fire-fighters working the retained duty system.

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The Trade Union and Professional Association for Family Court and Probation Staff (Napo) - representing more than 9,000 probation and family court staff throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) – one of the biggest and best-established journalists' unions in the world, with 38,000 members.


The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) - the fifth largest trade union in the UK, with over 300,000 members.


Prison Officers Association (POA) - the largest union in the United Kingdom representing uniformed Prison Grades and staff working within the field of Secure Forensic Psychiatric Care, with over 35,000 members in the public and private sectors.


The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) - representing more than 80,000 members in almost every sector of the transport industry, from mainline and underground rail to shipping and offshore, buses and road-freight.


The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is the largest union for qualified teachers in primary and secondary education


The United Road Transport Union (URTU) - the UK’s only union dedicated to serving the interests of workers in road haulage, distribution and logistics.

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By MIchael Calderbank

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary


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Based on research commissioned by the TUCG, the book examines why costs have risen for all items of expenditure, ranging from housing and child care to food and transport. He makes practical proposals on how these costs can be reduced. He also delivers an uncompromising message to the leaders of all mainstream Westminster Parties: it is time to end the politics of austerity, an ideological project to cut the size of the state permanently.

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