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Bringing social dialogue to the next level - EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope think ahead to explore new avenues for employment

Milan 30 June 2015 - On occasion of the FoodDrinkEurope Congress hosted in the EU Pavillion of EXPO Milan 2015, from 29 June through 2 July, EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope, social partners in the food and drink industry met to discuss increased attractiveness and employability in their sectors at the presence of the European Commission and food industry leaders.
With 5 million unemployed people in the EU, the two organizations explored how to create opportunities for young and older generation and well as on how to involve institutions and member states to create opportunity in a sector that represents a massive section of the EU economy.
After last week’s release of the European Alliance for apprenticeship coordinated by the European Commission, EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope reiterated today their apprenticeship pledge as one of the most successful initiatives of their four years old on-going social dialogue, aimed at the creation of more sustainable jobs.
Speaking on behalf of EFFAT, Tanja Fynbo, from the Danish trade union 3F and EFFAT Youth President, highlighted: “The food and drink industry unfortunately struggles to be an attractive workplace for the youngsters. Social dialogue and the collaboration with the employers is key to ensure that these young people do get a job but also a chance to grow a career in our sector. Only collaboration will bring the best results”.
From the Danish Food workers' Trade Union NNF, its General Secretary Ole Wehlast stressed the importance of the European social dialogue to improve the attractiveness of the food and drink sector through better working conditions, including long-life learning.
Concluding, Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT Secretary General said: 'In order to create more sustainable jobs we need firstly to establish a more sustainable industrial policy and promote a better and fairer EU labor market that can enhance competitiveness for our industry. Employers need to start to really invest on training and better conditions at the workplace, rather than opting for unskilled labour’.
FoodDrinkEurope and EFFAT expressed their commitment to continue to work on these challenging topics in order to increase the attractiveness of the food and drink sector as well as keep up the involvement of the EU institutions for a better and more sustainable jobs and labor pool. 

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.