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Merchandise produced for the London 2012 Games should be produced in factories free from exploitation, the TUC has declared.
Members of churches, trade unions and community groups are pledging to live on £1-a-day from 2-6 May to raise funds and in solidarity with the global poor.
Britain's trade unionists have been taking part in International Workers' Memorial Day, to remember thousands who have died at work.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber used his visit to the University of the West of England to set out a full alternative to government cuts and austerity.
A new YouGov poll published on 26 March 2011 shows the majority of people in the UK back the aims of the huge March for the Alternative.
The TUC-sponsored 'March for the Alternative' to cuts and austerity is taking place in London on Saturday 26 March, from Victoria Embankment to a rally in Hyde Park.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that measures due to come into place in April 2011 will be equivalent to a loss of £200 per household on average.
Government policy is contributing to toughest livelihood squeeze in decades, says the Trades Union Congress ahead of the Chancellor's budget statement today.
The government faces a crisis in women's unemployment, and its current economic strategy risks making the situation much worse, says the TUC.
The UK government is seeking to dilute its commitment to European Union protection for workers, the environment, safety and other public concerns.