European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
Together for decent work and fair pay from farm to fork

Agriculture

Europe numbers one million agricultural employers who provide work to over 7 million workers. With 15 million farm holdings, in which over 40 million people work, the agriculture sector makes a vital contribution to healthy nutrition, and still plays a key role in the economic, environmental and social policies in Europe. EFFAT activities in the agriculture sector include promoting a sustainable Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), safeguarding employment and fair pay in rural areas, and further developing social dialogue in order to improve working conditions in this sector.

News

  • 15/06/2016
    The exploitation of migrant workers in agriculture. What responsibility for CAP?
    On 15 June 2016, a high-level conference took place in Rome, organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) with the support of the three Italian unions CGIL, CISL and UIL and the participation of trade unionists from 22 countries. The meeting was attended by the European Commission,...
  • 03/06/2016
    GET RID OF GLYPHOSATE!
    Brussels, 3 June 2016: After postponing its decision twice, the European Union scheduled a new meeting of the Standing Committee on Plant protection products next Monday, on June 6 2016, to advice on the approval of glyphosate. EU Member states should try to reach a qualified majority for the...
  • 31/05/2016
    CAP: what role for workers?
    The Common Agricultural Policy was reformed in 2014. The following discussions mainly focused on the environmental aspects of agriculture. As trade unions we worry that nothig has been done to improve the social aspect this policy framework.As agricultural workers often work in precarious...
  • 26/05/2016
    Trade Unions back new Undeclared Work Platform
    The launch of the European Commission’s ‘Undeclared Work Platform’ on Friday 27 May is a long overdue initiative to tackle the exploitation of workers and unfair competition for law-abiding employers says the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).  It is estimated that up to 20% of...
  • 11/05/2016
    Greenpeace Netherlands' TTIP leaks confirm EFFAT's concerns
    EFFAT and its member organisations welcome Greenpeace Netherlands' release of TTIP documents which have been kept under wraps since the very beginning of the negotiations. EFFAT will never stop calling for tansparency as the first step to guarantee a free and fair trade. EFFAT stands for...
  • 21/04/2016
    Better protection for outdoor workers against skin cancer!
    EFBWW and EFFAT represent European trade unions and workers in the Building, Agricul-ture, Forestry, Horticulture and Tourism sectors – therefore employees who spend most of their working day outside, under the sun. These working conditions cause heat injuries and skin cancers.However, as a...

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EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.