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.

 

 

 

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  • 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...
  • 07/11/2018
    Tourism is growing and workers deserve their fair share!
    7 November marks European Tourism Day. Today, once again, the EU champions one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of the European economy, accounting for 10% of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 7% of world exports and one in ten jobs worldwide.Tourism is one of the few sectors of the...
  • 06/11/2018
    Unilever commits to guaranteeing union rights and signs memorandum with the IUF and IndustriALL
    On 31 October the general secretaries of the IUF and IndustriALL Global signed, with the CEO of Unilever, a joint memorandum on union rights.In the text the parties agree on the establishment of a permanent platform for ensuring that throughout Unilever's worldwide operations workers can freely...
  • 03/11/2018
    Gender pay gap in the EFFAT sectors touches 29 % - A long road to equality
    On 3 November 2018, Equal Pay Day, EFFAT reflects on why women‘s significant progress in terms of educational achievements and career possibilities does not correspond to gender parity and equal pay at the work place.16,2%: this is the current gender pay gap in Europe, defined as the difference...
  • 29/10/2018
    Anticipating the impact of Brexit on multinational companies
    Joint European Trade Union Federations’ Recommendations to EWC/SE coordinators and worker representatives in SNBs, EWCs and SEsOn 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) formally notified its intention to leave the European Union (EU).Negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal are ongoing, but their...

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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.