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

Joint declaration CETS/BITS - EFFAT


On 16 September 2005, EFFAT signed a joint declaration of cooperation with the European Social Tourism Committee (CETS) of BITS (International Bureau of Social Tourism).

Both organisations see the improvement of the working conditions of employees in social tourism and the promotion of education and further education as the most important challenges.

The following common activities are foreseen: the carrying out of a study about employment in the social tourism sector in Europe; the drawing up of a document concerning the social responsibility of social tourism companies; the promotion of mobility of employees in the social tourism sector through exchange activities and professional practices; intervention in favour of a harmonised holiday calendar at European level, which facilitates better staggering of holiday periods and a better use of tourism installations.

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.