European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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Key role for trade unions in ensuring refugees' integration into the workplace

27/11/2015

As migrants continue to cross Europe's borders, EFFAT recognises trade unions' key role in facilitating refugees' socio-economic integration. EFFAT firmly believes in the potential of refugees to make a positive contribution to their host communities and to society at large.

On this basis, the EFFAT Executive Committee has adopted a common position calling for assistance, unionisation and training for refugees to improve the protection of their employment conditions, as well as ensuring that employers do not compromise the benefits of these measures by indulging in social dumping.

At the Executive Committee meeting, EFFAT Secretary General Harald Wiedenhofer, remarking on the adoption of this document, said: "The integration of refugees escaping war situations poses a huge challenge. The question here isn't whether we should face up to this or not, nor should we see this as an Italian, Spanish or Greek problem – this is an out-and-out European issue and we need to play our part if we don't want to betray our European values. Yet at the same time we need to make sure that control mechanisms are in place. Through training courses, a constructive approach in relations with the employers and viable cooperation with relevant authorities, trade unions can help address the waves of refugees arriving in Europe."

​EFFAT's common position on the role of trade unions in integrating refugees

 

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.