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

Food

EFFAT represents the interests of over 4.5 million workers across Europe in the food and drink sector. As the largest in Europe, this is a key EU area in terms of workforce, innovation and high quality products.

The EFFAT mission is to fight social dumping and reach fair pay and decent working conditions. Through its active participation in the social dialogue at European level, EFFAT negotiates agreements with European employers’ organisations that aim to improve workers’ conditions

 

News

  • 12/06/2017
    The clock is ticking: keep your promises as 2020 approaches
    Leading chocolate and cocoa companies – among which Mars, Ferrero and Blommer – have pledged to process and sell only sustainable products by 2020. But we have learned from past promises: eradicating child labour in 5-10 years under the 2001 Harkin-Engel Protocol just didn’t happen!We want to...
  • 06/06/2017
    German meat workers entitled of more rights thanks to new federal law
    Last week, the German Bundestag adopted the “Gesetz zur Sicherung von Arbeitnehmerrechten in der Fleischwirtschaft”, a law securing workers’ rights in the meat processing industry.Claus-Harald Güster, deputy president of the German food union NGG (Nahrung Genuss-Gaststätten) expressed his pleasure...
  • 02/06/2017
    Wanted: Responsible Owner Making Spreads Fit for the Future
    On 6 April Unilever announced a series of measures in response to the Kraft Heinz takeover bid. One of these measures is the planned sale of the margarine business.  The plan has attracted criticism from the works councils and EFFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and...
  • 24/04/2017
    Temporary Measures: A reckless gamble
    The EU sugar sector faces its biggest change in decades. On 1 October 2017 EU sugar production quotas will end. At this sensitive and uncertain time, the European Commission has proposed to vote in the Management Committee of 27 April 2017 on the introduction of ‘temporary’ measures (tenders for...
  • 24/04/2017
    International trade union calls for firm EU action on imported Philippines tuna tainted with human rights violations
    An international trade union delegation comprising the IUF, the IUF European regional organization EFFAT-IUF, the Belgian Food and Service Workers’ Union CCAS-CSC, the Norwegian Food Workers’ Union NNN and two members of a trade union from General Santos City in the Philippines which is leading the...
  • 07/03/2017
    EFFAT CEFS Joint statement on the end of the sugar production quotas
    The EU beet sugar industry is preparing for one of the biggest changes in its history: the end of production quotas on 1 October 2017. The end of quotas presents substantial opportunities for EU beet sugar manufacturers, in particular the possibility to produce more sugar for food use and to export...

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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.