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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 committees.

TUAC's origins go back to 1948 when it was founded as a trade union advisory committee for the European Recovery Programme - the Marshall Plan. TUAC's current 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 employment conferences.

TUAC works closely with international trade union organisations, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Global Union Federations to ensure effective trade union input to OECD sectoral work such as education, public sector management, steel, or maritime transport.

TUAC and the OECD Guidelines

TUAC is part of the institutional set-up of the OECD Guidelines together with the National Contact Points (NCPs), the Investment Committee, OECD Watch and BIAC. As official advisory committee TUAC is the lead trade union on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. As such it coordinates trade input to policy-making on the Guidelines at the OECD, compiles information on trade union cases, undertakes policy research on key issues, provides information and promotional tools and conducts training on the Guidelines.








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