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

Press releases

  • 27/04/2017
    Everyone’s health and safety counts!
    On International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD 2017), EFFAT, ETUFs and ETUC want to deliver a strong message: Everyone’s health and safety at work matters – for workers, his or her family and loved ones, and for employers.With over 168,000 people dying every year from work-related accidents 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...
  • 25/11/2016
    Eliminating violence against women at work and at home
    25 November 2016 - Today EFFAT joins the ETUC and the other European Trade Unions Federations in the commitment to end of violence against women through collective agreements, and their proper implementation with employers, at national, sectoral and company levels. In a ground-breaking, and...
  • 23/11/2016
    New EWC established in Schreiber Group
    On 23 November 2016 a new European Works Councils was set up in Schreiber Group. The company, headquartered in the US, produces and distributes, among others, yogurt, natural cheese, processed cheese and cream cheese worldwide, and boasts European branches in Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic,...
  • 19/10/2016
    Trade unions reveal McDonald’s avoided over €1,5 BN in EU taxes – call on EU governments to follow Commission’s lead and investigate McDonald’s tax avoidance structures.
    Press Release:As Parliamentarians from across Europe gather to discuss corporate tax avoidance by multinationals at the Interparliamentary Conference in Bratislava this week, an international coalition of major trade unions from the EU and US has released new information detailing how McDonald’s...
  • 06/10/2016
    EFFAT joins the ETUC and asks the EU to deliver decent work
    The EU could raise low pay, benefitting workers and families throughout Europe and beyond, says the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). In the run up to the World Day of Decent Work on October 7, the ETUC is highlighting Industries where some wages are far from decent;How wages would be...
  • 27/09/2016
    European social partners unveil the keys to attract new talents to the food and drink sector
    Bratislava, 26 September 2016: Successfully attracting new talents and managing an ageing workforce in the European food and drink industry are the themes of the toolbox report presented today by EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope at a meeting in Bratislava.  The report is based on the compilation of 28...
  • 19/09/2016
    Social justice instead of boundless liberalisation – towards a sustainable EU trade policy
    On 15 September 2016 in Brussels at the civil dialogue group meeting on “International aspects of agricultural policy”, a delegation of agricultural worker unions affiliated to EFFAT highlighted the threats to jobs for agricultural workers and the dismantling of social protection caused by EU trade...
  • 23/06/2016
    Say NO to CETA!
    On occasion of Public Service Day on 23 June, EFFAT joins the European Public Service Union (EPSU) and a coalition of European trade unions, including the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), urging  the European Commission to object to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)...
  • 23/06/2016
    80 years of holidays with pay: A social right to safeguard !
    The International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO), the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) celebrated 80 years of paid leave during a conference that was held on 17 June in Brussels at the EESC. On 24...


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.