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

Over 50,000 take to streets to tell Brussels they want a new path for Europe

04/04/2014

Under the banner “Together for decent work and fair pay”, representatives of the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) marched among 50,000 trade unionists from 21 countries today in Brussels to demand a new path for Europe – a path to a social Europe.

The demonstration, organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), called for an end to austerity and proposed a new approach for Europe that includes investment, quality jobs and equality.

The delegation was led by a youth bloc comprising representatives of EFFAT and five other European trade union federations (ETUFs), together with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) youth delegation, under the slogan “Enough of their crisis – Back to our future!”

The demonstration’s youth bloc is the latest of a series of actions that the ETUFs are undertaking in a joint campaign to demand that EU institutions and employers put youth at the top of their agenda.

“Austerity measures have only made the lives of workers – and especially young workers – in the food, agriculture and tourism sectors more precarious, and increased opportunities to exploit migrant labour,” said Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General Secretary.

“Europe must commence a new path to secure the future of young people in the European labour market, and guarantee high-quality jobs and equal treatment for all workers, irrespective of their contract or country of origin,” he said.

Media contact: Dominique Mitchell +32 490 56 94 05 or d.mitchell@effat.org

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.