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

Hotel and restaurant workers in Europe stand up for better working conditions and decent wages

04/05/2016

The EFFAT Executive Committee, meeting in Brussels on 3 and 4 May 2016, fully supports the hotel and restaurant trade unions in Norway and Italy, who are facing blockage in their national collective bargaining.

In Norway, 7000 hotel and restaurant workers, affiliated to the Norwegian trade union Fellesforbundet, and employed in more than 750 hotels and restaurants throughout Norway, are on strike since 23 April 2016, to underpin their demand for a significant wage increase (actually, wages in the hospitality sector are only 77% of the average wage in Norway), and for the right to conduct local wage negotiations to complement national collective bargaining.

In Italy, the Italian trade unions FILCAMS-CGIL, FISASCAT-CISL and UILTuCS-UIL, are calling for another national strike on 6 May 2016, urging upon the employers to get back to the negotiation table and to renew the national collective agreement for the hotel-restaurant-tourism sector. Since 2013, the Italian trade unions have been demanding better wages, safeguards for decent employment and more professionalisation for the 1.3 million workers in hotels, restaurants, catering, fast food, travel agencies and tour operators

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.