European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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EFFAT welcomes new committee on pesticides

European Commission fails to protect citizens against proven risk of cancer

The controversial decision to re-approve the use of glyphosate for another five years has exposed some fundamental failures of the EU’s pesticide approval system, revealing that chemical companies have an undue influence on EU scientific assessments. The EC and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) disregarded the concerns of independent scientists, the European Parliament and the public, by labelling glyphosate as safe. EFFAT and many other organisations therefore welcome the Special Committee on the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides (PEST), set up by the European Parliament. EFFAT hopes that the PEST Committee will rebuild trust by investigating the failures of the EU pesticides regime and by making recommendations for improvement.





  • 14/12/2018
    Fuenlabrada workers win their fight!
    After 5 years of conflict and struggle with Coca Cola (CCEP), workers of Fuenlabrada, put an end to the labor and social conflict started in 2014. According to an agreement that workers consider ‘a social triumph’, Coca-Cola will close the logistical centre in Fuenlabrada. But within two years...
  • 27/11/2018
    Your vision, your future: Participate in the Future Vision of Youth at Work 2030 Survey!
    Are you under 35 years old, with some work experience or about to enter working life? Then we would like to hear from you! We are asking young people in Europe to share their thoughts on being an active member of society and working life in the future.This short, 10-minute survey will bring...
  • 22/11/2018
    #WETOO URGE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AT WORK - Aiming high towards an ILO Convention
    Violence towards women at the workplace is a well-known phenomenon across EFFAT sectors.  Sexual harassment in the hospitality industry occurs on a daily basis triggered by excessive alcohol consumption, irregular working hours and tipping. Being isolated and often invisible, also domestic and...
  • 20/11/2018
    FNV and NGG: JDE couldn’t care less about good industrial relations
    Workers to take strike action at Utrecht coffee factory and Bremen, Germany administrative facilities November 22Jacobs Douwe Egberts workers in both Germany and the Netherlands will take industrial action on Thursday 22 November. In the Netherlands, the workers at the coffee factory in Utrecht...
  • 16/11/2018
    A sustainable Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) underpins fair treatment of workers in the fish supply chain
    A sustainable Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is really in place when workers, from fishers, to aquaculture and food processing staff, are fairly treated  throughout the whole fish supply chain.Unions' role is paramount as it eases workers' organization, collective bargaining and the...
  • 14/11/2018
    Wage dumping made easier
    ECJ overturns Austrian regulations against wage and social dumpingBlack Tuesday for Social Europe: On 13th November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned parts of the Austrian law to combat wage and social dumping. Specifically, it concerned a Slovenian posting company from the...



  • 24/11/2015
    Sharing economy: No! if it leads to unfair competition and social dumping
    Concerned over the rapid diffusion of the “sharing economy” in tourism (i.e. Internet based offers for accommodation and transport, such as Airbnb and Uber), EFFAT adopted a common position during the latest Executive Committee meeting. The text calls on policy makers to avoid that the...
  • 15/09/2015
    EFFAT invites to express solidarity with Finnish unions fighting anti-union legislation
    Finland’s trade unions are mobilizing against the new right-wing coalition government’s plan to unilaterally cut pay and benefits negotiated through collective bargaining, and are asking for solidarity and support.On September 9, after unions refused to agree to the proposals, the government...
  • 07/08/2015
    Migrant Workers in the Meat Sector - A guide to your rights !
    Representing together over 12 million workers employed in agriculture and plantations, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) and its regional organization the European Federation of Food, Agriculture, Tourism Trade...
  • 03/07/2015
    Better Regulation Package - EFFAT denounces threat to social and environmental standards
    EFFAT has published its position paper on the better Regulation package released by the European Commission and highlights its concern over a potential dismantle of labour, social and environmental standards.EFFAT generally agrees with some of the supposed objectives of the Better Regulation...
  • 09/06/2015
    Better Regulation Watchdog Network sends open letter to the Commission
    Last week the Better Regulation Watchdog Network took action and sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament. The action was carried out following the European Commission's recent proposal for an Inter-Institutional Agreement and the Commission communication on Better Regulation for...
  • 21/05/2015
    MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaign
    MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaignAustrian MEP Evelyn Regner has expressed her support for the Back2OurFuture campaign that aims to tackle youth unemployment.Referring to the campaign, she said that “it clearly shows the kind of vision that young people have of European...




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.