European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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EFFAT Agriculture steps up the fight against social and economic exploitation of seasonal workers 

6-8 July 2015 - Four out of the seven million workers currently working in the agricultural sector in Europe are seasonal workers. As this category is often more heavily exploited than permanent employees, EFFAT made clear at its General Assembly that this condition cannot be the norm.

EFFAT member organisations are currently working on the implementation of the Seasonal Workers Directive into Member States’ national law and working with the European Commission on a project to make working in agriculture more attractive. EFFAT also reiterated its commitment to combine competitiveness, quality employment and job security for seasonal workers.

As numbers of migrants are expected to rise, EFFAT called for:

  • equal wages and working conditions for work carried out on the same territory;
  • respect for national collective bargaining agreements and industrial relations systems;
  • equal access to social benefits for all workers;
  • proper instruments and tools for monitoring, enforcing and ensuring the application of wages and working conditions, including new sanctions to employers;
  • increased trade union responsibilities and commitment.

EFFAT renewed its pledge to address this issue in view of the upcoming activity of the newly established EU Platform for the prevention of undeclared work.


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.