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 area in terms of workforce, innovation and quality products.

EFFAT's mission is to fight social dumping and achieve a fair pay and decent working conditions for all. 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

  • 25/10/2017
    EFFAT and CEFS issue Joint Declaration on President Juncker’s Industrial Policy Strategy
    Brussels, 25 October 2017 - Sugar production in the EU is an industrial activity. The construction of a sugar factory entails high capital costs, typically of several hundred million euros. Not the least of these costs is the specialised equipment and heavy machinery required to...
  • 03/07/2017
    EU-Mercosur negotiations: Stand up for EU sugar and ethanol!
    EU sugar and renewable ethanol producers, sugar beet farmers, and workers call for no concessions on sugar and ethanol in the context of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations. Brazil is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar, accounting for a massive 52 per cent of world net sugar...
  • 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...

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Documents

  • 15/12/2011
    Message from EFFAT President, Bruno VANNONI
    The two recent crises have brought about new challenges for Europe. Whether economic, political or trade union-related, we must confront these challenges because they concern the future of social democracy. Successive attacks against individual countries and the Euro are exacerbating the...
  • 22/06/2010
    Presentation Beer Conference 2010
     The European brewing industry in transition by Dr Ina Verstl and Herbert Latz-Weber, EFFAT Conference Blankenberge, June 2010 
  • 01/03/2010
    EFFAT Circular - Draft Statement Inbev Restructuring
    Please find here a Draft EFFAT statement on the restructuring announced by AB InBev in English. This statement reflects the conclusions of EFFAT's AB InBev Coordination meeting held in Brussels on 24/2/2010. You may send any changes or objections by Friday 5/3/2010 at the latest. Failure to comment...
  • 28/11/2008
    EFFAT comments the EFSA draft scientific opinion on nanotechnologies
    Nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials might have considerable development and application potential.They can offer opportunities for manufacturing products in agriculture (e.g. pesticides) and food (foodstuffs with packaging containing nanomaterial are already on the market).However...
  • 26/11/2008
    EFFAT celebrates 50 years Anniversary
    This year, on the 19th of November, EFFAT looked back on a 50-year history. Under the chairmanship of Bruno Vannoni, Vice-President, Harald Wiedenhofer, Secretary General, invited guest speakers Mario Sepi, EESC President, John Monks, ETUC Secretary General and Dr Rainer Fattman, author of the book...
  • 20/11/2008
    EFFAT position on nutrition labelling
    Trade unions have been sensitive to this issue for many years. The trade unions and Works Councils are in favour of healthy meals at the workplace and both have participation and co-decision rights for issues relating to canteens. In some countries, initiatives are taken to promote healthy meals at...

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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.