The English Trade Union Congress (ETUC) was set up to address the anomaly which as affected England well before devolution.

The English Trades Union Congress (ETUC) is the voice of England at work. Our overall objectives are to raise the quality of working life and promote equality for all. Our mission is to be a high-profile organisation that campaigns successfully for trade union aims and values and assists English trade unions to increase membership and effectiveness.

Devolution created Parliaments for Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland so they may look after their own nation’s affairs, in this devolution process we found England had been totally ignored, however this wasn’t the first time England had, or was, being ignored.

Along with their own Parliaments Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland also had separate Trades Union Congresses who were campaigning on workers’ rights in the workplace, again we found England had been totally ignored, this time by the British unions.

What was needed were dedicated trade unions whose sole purpose was to look after the welfare of members working in England, and to campaign on common interests that only affect England, so the English Trades Union Congress was born.