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

Press releases

  • 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...
  • 20/06/2016
    We need an exit strategy for Glyphosate
    Brussels, 20 June 2016: The days are numbered for glyphosate, the world’s most widely-use herbicide. After three failed attempts at reaching a qualified majority decision, two meeting will be held on June 24 and 27 to decide on the future of the compound.Representing European agricultural workers,...
  • 10/06/2016
    Commission Communication for the collaborative economy does not give the expected legal guidance
    Brussels, 10 June 2016 – On 2 June 2016, the Commission published its long-awaited Communication “A European agenda for the collaborative economy”, which was announced to give guidance to Member States on how to apply existing EU legislation on the collaborative economy.
  • 03/06/2016
    Brussels, 3 June 2016: After postponing its decision twice, the European Union scheduled a new meeting of the Standing Committee on Plant protection products next Monday, on June 6 2016, to advice on the approval of glyphosate. EU Member states should try to reach a qualified majority for the...
  • 26/05/2016
    Trade Unions back new Undeclared Work Platform
    The launch of the European Commission’s ‘Undeclared Work Platform’ on Friday 27 May is a long overdue initiative to tackle the exploitation of workers and unfair competition for law-abiding employers says the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).  It is estimated that up to 20% of Europe’s GDP...
  • 27/04/2016
    28 April – International Workers’ Memorial Day - New health and safety laws now!
    As agriculture is the most dangerous workplace of all the economic sectors in Europe, today EFFAT commemorates the workers who fell on the fields due to musculoskeletal disorders or cancer caused by a daily exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards while cultivating and harvesting crops.
  • 26/04/2016
    Global unions call on EU for action to protect seafood industry workers
    Two global union federations representing millions of workers worldwide will meet with the European Union (EU) commission on fisheries this week to call for an expansion of legislation to protect fishers and workers employed in the production of seafood.The meet will coincide with the Brussels...
  • 14/04/2016
    "I am fed up of being treated like a machine at work”
    On International Fast Food Workers day EFFAT joins thousands to demand a real living wage and an end to zero hour contractsBrussels, 14 April 2016 – On the final day of the EFFAT, ETUC and all other ETUF’s conference titled “End precarious work Now – Decent Work and Equal Treatment for All”, EFFAT...


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.