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

  • 12/10/2018
    The bioeconomy and a future biobased food industry and agriculture sector –What role for workers?
    It is often said that the bioeconomy can tackle food and energy grand challenges. With its newly published bioeconomy action plan the European Commission has the ambition to develop a more innovative and low-emissions economy, reconciling demands for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food...
  • 02/10/2018
    EFFAT welcomes EU Parliament move to ban unfair trading practices in the food supply chain
    The EU Parliament Agriculture Committee voted with an overwhelming majority for a fair food supply chain benefiting all actors and consumers. This historic vote is welcomed by the entire European food supply chain as a key step towards ensuring fairness and certainty for all.The legislation...
  • 26/09/2018
    EP supports fair and efficient food supply chain to tackle unfair trading practices
    EFFAT - together with farmers and food producers - welcomes the vote by members of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on the UTPs Directive as a clear step towards ensuring a fair and well-functioning food supply chain in Europe.   The support...
  • 24/09/2018
    Promoting proper working conditions in the European meat industry
    On 20 September 2018, European trade unions met in Madrid to discuss a range of challenges in the meat sector in Europe. The event was organised by EFFAT’s Spanish member organisations at the Spanish Economic and Social Committee.While significant efforts have been made by EFFAT and its affiliates...
  • 12/06/2018
    World Day Against Child Labour – only 18 months and 18 days left
    This year, the ILO World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), combined with the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay), shine a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.The ILO campaign stresses the importance of removing children...
  • Unhappier meal
    14/05/2018
    McDonald’s new menu: less transparency, more tax havens
     Today we release a new report on McDonald’s tax practices, focusing on the company’s use of tax avoidance mechanisms in Europe and low-tax and secrecy jurisdictions around the world. It shows how in the midst of a tax probe and the day after the Brexit, McDonald’s changed its tax structure....

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Documents

  • 29/04/2014
    Actions towards a more sustainable European food chain
    With the simultaneous rise in global demands for food, feed, fuel and fibre, and a reduction in natural capital to sustain current agriculture and yield levels, it is imperative to decouple European growth from resource use and significant environmental impacts, in particular in view of the...
  • 23/05/2013
    Fact sheet: The case against food taxes according to the EU social partners in the food and drink industry
    "We must ensure that all Europeans, including low-income earners, can access both a variety of fresh and healthy foods at affordable prices, and knowledge about nutrition and healthy lifestyles." – Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General Secretary
  • 23/05/2013
    Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope position on Solvency II
    The European social partners in the food and drink industry, FoodDrinkEurope and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), share the Commission’s view that, in the future, occupational pension schemes will be of increasing importance for the provision of an...
  • 10/05/2013
    New Eurofound study can inform the work of the social partners in the EU food and drink sector
    With the participation of the EFFAT secretariat, its food and drink affiliates, and FoodDrinkEurope, Eurofound has today published a representativeness study. It identifies the key industrial relations actors (that is, trade unions and employer organisations) in the EU food and drink...
  • 07/05/2013
    Social Dialogue in the Food and Drink Industry: Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope Position on Discriminatory Food Taxes
    The governments of some EU Member States have recently introduced taxes on specific food categories and food ingredients such as sugar, fat, artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, fast food and pastry.These governments have so far justified these measures as an ‘effective’ way to address the societal...
  • 05/02/2013
    EFFAT Position On Food Taxes
    Some EU Member States have recently introduced specific taxes that allegedly aim to discourage the consumption of certain foods and food ingredients, such as sugar, animal fat, artificial sweeteners, sparkling drinks, fast food and pastry. Other Member States are considering introducing similar...

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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.