European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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Annual EFFAT EWC-TNC Conference set the way forward of EFFAT action in transnational companies

The annual EFFAT EWC-TNC Conference took place in Leuven (Belgium) on 16-17 May 2018. The conference has been organised within the framework of the EU project Anticipation of change and the sustainable management of structural changes: Promoting innovative actions to strengthen employee involvement and social partners’ cooperation. 
During the two days conference members of national and European works councils, Trade Union officers, Union experts and University Professors highlighted the different challenges faced by Trade unions in TNCs operating in the EFFAT sectors. Around fifty participants had the opportunity to share experiences and good practices about their role as workers ‘representatives in national and European bodies. A number of relevant subjects were debated as the newly announced ETUC Democracy at work strategy, the organisation of effective collective bargaining cooperation in TNCs and the impact related to the introduction of new technologies in the EFFAT sectors.
This last subject was tackled from two different perspectives relevant to the EFFAT sectors: Automatization, smart factories and robotisation and the gig economy. Thanks to the great contribution of relevant speakers including a colleague from NGG, rider of Delivery Hero and member of the newly created SE Works Council, it was possible to better understand the expected impacts of technology on work organisation and industrial relations as well as the legal challenges related.
The findings of an EFFAT project about working conditions in McDonalds were also discussed during the conference. 
Participants had also the chance to visit the AbInbev Brewery in Leuven. An activity that has surely given some food for thoughts in preparation of the discussion on the introduction of new technology and labour rights

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.