European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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  • 11/07/2014
    New report shows exploitation of migrant workers in UK is bad for everyone, undermines fair competition
    Labour market flexibility combined with the low level of compliance and enforcement in the UK, particularly in low-skilled sectors such as agriculture, food processing and hospitality, expose vulnerable and migrant workers to exploitation, says a report published this week by the UK Government...
  • 04/06/2014
    Austria: New UNDOK contact point for undocumented workers
    Under the motto "Work without papers but not without rights!" the trade union advice centre for undocumented workers UNDOK opened on 4 June 2014. From now on, undocumented workers can access free and anonymous supportive counselling in several languages in the premises of the Austrian Trade Union...
  • 14/05/2014
    15 May for 15 dollars – Fast-food workers plan largest ever global wages protest
    On 15 May, in what is shaping up to be the largest ever global protest directed at fast-food retailers, fast-food workers around the world will protest outside McDonald’s and other outlets in support of the US-based campaign for a 15-dollar-an-hour wage, FightFor15.In over 30 countries across six...
  • 16/04/2014
    MEPs reject amendments to clarify the rights of posted workers
    In spite of several amendments submitted prior to the European Parliament plenary meeting on 16 April that would strengthen the enforcement of the existing directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers, Members of the European Parliament adopted a weak text that fails to clarify the rights...
  • 24/03/2014
    Finland: Government report advocates better working conditions for berry pickers
    A new government-commissioned report has recommended that wild berry pickers are employed under better conditions.  The rapporteur, Markku Wallin, has examined the situation and the working conditions of some 4,000 wild berry pickers coming to Finland every year, most of them from...
  • 17/02/2014
    Council and EP adopt directive on third-country national seasonal workers
    Following a vote in the European Parliament on 5 February 2014, the Council adopted the seasonal workers directive on 17 February. Member states will now have to incorporate the directive into their legal codes within two and a half years.The directive harmonises the conditions of entry and stay of...

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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.