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

Company Policy

 
The EFFAT Company Policy department helps establish and support European Works Councils (EWCs) in the EFFAT sectors and fosters crossborder cooperation and solidarity in large transnational companies (TNCs). 
 
The Company Policy department represents and advocates EFFAT views with senior management of TNCs, social partners, stakeholders and the European institutions. This involves:
  • establishing and coordinating ethical EWCs in companies;
  • monitoring legal and political developments relating to information, consultation and participation in European companies; 
  • providing expertise, advice and information on best practices to improve the functioning of EWCs and other European-level work related to multinationals from a trade union perspective;
  • supporting industrial disputes and solidarity campaigns at the European level.
 

News

  • 16/06/2017
    Annual EFFAT TNCs/EWCs assembly takes stock of challenges ahead
    In the framework of the EU funded project “Anticipation of change and the sustainable management of structural changes: Promoting innovative actions to strengthen employee involvement and social partners’ cooperation”, EFFAT held a conference in Belgrade on 15 and 16 June 2017.The audience was made...
  • 13/06/2017
    Health and safety at work! EFFAT signs European Convention with Barilla
    On 31 May EFFAT and the members of the Barilla EWC, in representation of their respective unions, signed an agreement on Health and Safety with Barilla Group Management.The primary objective of the text is to set out guidelines to promote better and broader preventative health and safety measures...
  • 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...
  • 28/03/2017
    Bonduelle: New EWC agreement signed
    On 22 March 2017, a new Bonduelle EWC agreement was signed by all EWC members and trade union representatives. As a signatory party, EFFAT contributed to this successful outcome. EFFAT Expert Enrico Somaglia, who assisted the EWC negotiations, said that “it was a long negotiation with intense...
  • 13/03/2017
    EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group express solidarity and support for the workers in Fuenlabrada (Madrid)
    The EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group, made up of national trade union officers, senior shop stewards and members of national and European Works Councils representing the Coca-Cola workforce employed at Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), The Coca-Cola Company, and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling...
  • 16/12/2016
    Asahi's acquisition of SABMiller's eastern European brewing assets makes it Europe's third biggest brewer
    AB InBev has announced this week  that it has entered into a binding agreement with Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd to sell for 7.3 billion euros ($7.8 billion) its businesses in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania and other related assets that were owned by SABMiller...

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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.