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

Tourism

Tourism is one of the few sectors of the European economy with a high potential for growth and job creation as well as for development and socio-economic integration, particularly in rural areas and underdeveloped regions. The sector accounts for 5% of GDP and overall employment. Europe’s hotel, restaurant and catering sector features 1.8 million companies employing almost 10 million people.

Given the high percentage of atypical employment in the tourism sector, the EFFAT mission is to fight precarious work and promote decent and fair employment conditions. EFFAT activities include furthering and recognising qualifications and skills, as well as encouraging socially responsible and sustainable tourism.

 

News

  • 12/09/2014
    NGG wins first-ever collective agreement at Autogrill Germany
    In a win for trade unions, Autogrill Germany announced on 9 September that it would enter the national employer organisation for the sector, and extend coverage under the national collective agreement to its workers. This announcement represents a successful conclusion to the escalating series of...
  • 08/08/2014
    UNITE the Union 8/8 initiative for London hospitality workers
    The European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), which represents 120 national trade unions from 38 European countries and defends the interests of more than 2.6 million members, strongly supports Unite the Union and the hospitality workers of London in their action...
  • 27/06/2014
    Trade unions’ ultimatum to Dorchester Collection of hotels: Change laws or sell
    Representatives of the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and its UK affiliate GMB, together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), gathered today outside the Brussels International...
  • 17/06/2014
    New joint initiative to support labour market mobility in hospitality
    The European Commission has today launched the European Hospitality Skills Passport, a tool developed to facilitate contact between jobseekers and employers in the hospitality and tourism sector in Europe. It will be available in all languages. The Skills Passport is hosted on the European Job...
  • 23/05/2014
    Contract catering action at the European institutions
    The policy on the granting of public contracts by the European institutions needs to change to allow decent working conditions and fair pay for catering workers.Today, Friday 23 May 2014, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) members FGTB and CSC,...
  • 22/05/2014
    Club Med takeover bid: What future for workers?
    In the ongoing battle between financial speculators on the value of the Club Méditerranée shares, staff members are concerned about the future of the Group and the social consequences following the takeover.The 24,000 GE* and GO** who through their work provide services to the GM*** and produce the...

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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.