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.





  • 16/10/2018
    World Food Day 2018 - EFFAT calls for decent working conditions through the food supply chain
    Brussels, 16 October 2018 – On World Food Day, EFFAT is calling for the enforcement of decent working conditions for all workers that contribute to bringing food to our table as a key to guarantee food security and food rights across the planet.EFFAT is voicing its concerns over the lack of...
  • 12/10/2018
    The EU Sugar market crisis– EFFAT & CEFS respond
    EFFAT, representing employees of the EU sugar sector, and CEFS, representing EU sugar manufacturers, unite to sound the alarm about the extreme crisis on the European sugar market. EU white sugar prices are now at their lowest since records began over twelve years ago. Even the most...
  • 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...
  • 08/10/2018
    A Global Week of Action to call for #Fairhousekeeping!
    Hotel housekeepers and their unions will be taking action around the globe in the week of 8-14 October 2018.This year, unions will be focusing on the need for negotiated measures to tackle the routine sexual harassment which threatens housekeepers’ safety and well-being all over the world.Led by...
  • 05/10/2018
    World Day for Decent Work – ‘Changes the rules’: TO DO list for EU
    The current European Commission and Parliament have until May 2019 to ‘change the rules’ to promote decent work for people across the EU who are getting increasingly disillusioned over precarious work, poor wages, and growing inequality.After the European elections in May 2019 at there is likely to...
  • 04/10/2018
    #FastFoodGlobal – EFFAT supports workers fighting for a living wage
    On 4 October 2018, fast food workers all over the globe are rising up to demand their right to a union, better working conditions and a living wage.In the UK, a growing number of workers is coming out in support of hospitality workers' strikes on 4 October 2018, with more unions announcing 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.