The Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD is an
interface for trade unions with the OECD. It is an international trade union
organisation which has consultative status with the OECD and its various
TUACís origins go back
to 1948 when it was founded as a trade union advisory committee for the European
Recovery Programme - the Marshall Plan. When the OECD was created in its current
form in 1962 as an intergovernmental policy making body, TUAC continued its work
of representing organised labourís views to the new organisation. The OECD is
now changing again, taking in new members and becoming a leading forum for
intergovernmental policy making to manage globalisation. TUACís role is to help
ensure that global markets are balanced by an effective social dimension.
Through regular consultations with various OECD committees, the secretariat, and
member governments TUAC coordinates and represents the views of the trade union
movement in the industrialized countries. It is also responsible for
coordinating the trade union input to the annual G8 economic summits and
consist of over 58 national trade union centres in the 30 OECD industrialised
countries which together represent some 66 million workers. It is they who
finance TUAC activities decide priorities and policy and elect the TUAC
large majority of TUAC
affiliates are also affiliated to the International
(ITUC). Most European affiliates also
belong to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). TUAC therefore works
closely with these international trade union organisations as well as with the
International Labour Organisation (ILO). TUAC also works closely with Global
Union Federations to ensure effective trade union input to OECD sectoral work
such as education, public sector management, steel, or maritime transport.
TUAC with the ITUC and GUFs are members of the Council of Global Unions.
TUAC operates through a
small secretariat, based in Paris, of 5 policy staff and 3 administrative staff.
John Evans is the General Secretary of TUAC.
You may contact TUAC by e-mail or by post, phone or fax:
TUAC - OECD
15 rue Laperouse
Telephone 01 55
37 37 37
Telefax 01 47 54 98 28