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

  • 27/06/2014
    EFFAT calls for 2 million new jobs in agriculture and rural areas
    At the General Assembly of European trade unions representing agricultural workers held in the Austrian town of Villach, the President of EFFAT’s agriculture sector, Peter Holm, presented a study by his federation on the possibility of creating more than two million new jobs in agriculture within...
  • 04/04/2014
    Italy: Improved contract for agricultural workers
    On 3 April 2014, FAI CISL, FLAI-CGIL and UILA-UIL opened negotiations on the review of the national collective agreement for almost a million agriculture and nursery workers.Italy’s agriculture sector has delivered positive results in recent years, in spite of the crisis, and is one of the most...
  • 24/03/2014
    Finland: Government report advocates better working conditions for berry pickers
    A new government-commissioned report has recommended that wild berry pickers are employed under better conditions.  The rapporteur, Markku Wallin, has examined the situation and the working conditions of some 4,000 wild berry pickers coming to Finland every year, most of them from...
  • 17/02/2014
    Council and EP adopt directive on third-country national seasonal workers
    Following a vote in the European Parliament on 5 February 2014, the Council adopted the seasonal workers directive on 17 February. Member states will now have to incorporate the directive into their legal codes within two and a half years.The directive harmonises the conditions of entry and stay of...
  • 06/02/2014
    Morocco: Agriculture workers struggle for an end to discrimination
    Watch videos of a demonstration by the Moroccan agricultural trade union Fédération Nationale du Secteur Agricole (FNSA) in Rabat on 6 February 2014 for a minimum wage and working time provisions: 
  • 04/02/2014
    New limits on food speculation a step in the right direction but no silver bullet
    As part of an agreement reached on 14 January by the European Parliament and the Council to reform markets in financial instruments, new restrictions will apply to commodity speculation – including speculation on the products we eat.Excessive speculation on food prices is undermining fair price...

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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.