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

Time for Action to combat Unfair Trading Practices

05/03/2018
EFFAT has joined forces together with their social partner FoodDrinkEurope, the European Brands Association AIM, the European Council of Young Farmers CEJA, the Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union CLITRAVI, the European farmers and European agri-cooperatives Copa and Cogeca, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office FTAO, and Oxfam International to call on the European Commission for a fair, equitable, transparent and sustainable food supply chain in the EU,  benefiting all actors. Now is the time for the European Commission to introduce legislation that will be effective in addressing the issue of unfair trading practices across the EU. 
 
Unfair trading practices can lead to negative economic and social consequences including failure to earn a predictable and living income for small farmers for instance, long working hours and job uncertainties in particular for workers in SMEs. In EFFAT’s view, it is essential to encourage fair trading practices, to promote solid and cohesive supply base relationships, in order to not only drive efficiency and innovation, but also to secure decent work and quality working conditions in the food supply chain. 
 
Please find attached the joint statement “Now is the time for action to combat unfair trading practices”.
 
EFFAT together with the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Oxfam International EU advocacy, have specified our demands in a complementary letter. We are calling for a legislation that should introduce an enforcement mechanism
against UTPs which will include the following elements:
- investigations ’ex officio’, anonymous complaints procedures and confidentiality are essential to
address the current climate of fear existing in food supply chains
- coordinated enforcement and common European standards are required to stop buyers from
moving their purchasing department to low-enforcement countries,
- enforcement across the full supply chain and access to redress for actors outside the EU selling
to businesses inside the EU are paramount to Policy Coherence for Development and to ensuring
a level playing field for all actors in the supply chain whether they are located inside or outside
the EU,
- dissuasive sanctions will act as the best preventative measure against UTPs.

 

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.