European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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IUF and EFFAT condemn UK govt's attack on union rights

02/09/2015
IUF and  EFFAT have sent a joint letter to Employment Commissioner Thyssen to express their strong opposition to the UK government’s new Trade Union Bill to be discussed in the House of Parliament in autumn 2015.
 
If approved, the Bill will severely restrict the ability of trade unions and their members to exercise their functions, represent their members and take legitimate industrial action, all of which are basic rights protected under the ILO Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter.
 
IUF and EFFAT believe that there is no justification for further legislation in this area. On the contrary, the new legislation poses a serious threat to trade union governance and actions and will undermine constructive industrial relations by making it more difficult to achieve amicable settlements through effective negotiations in the future.
 
Read the letter in full
 

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.