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


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.



  • 04/05/2016
    Hotel and restaurant workers in Europe stand up for better working conditions and decent wages
    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...
  • 14/04/2016
    "I am fed up of being treated like a machine at work”
    On International Fast Food Workers day EFFAT joins thousands to demand a real living wage and an end to zero hour contractsBrussels, 14 April 2016 – On the final day of the EFFAT, ETUC and all other ETUF’s conference titled “End precarious work Now – Decent Work and Equal Treatment for...
  • 05/04/2016
    Tourism needs more and better jobs
    „If the Hospitality sector does not only want to successfully recruit, but also retain qualified staff, employers have to offer more attractive jobs, i.e. non precarious contracts, competitive wages, a better planning of working time which allows a work-life balance, professional career paths and...
  • 14/03/2016
    EFFAT demands action against unfair dismissal procedure by NH Italy
    On 8 March NH ITALY started a dismissal procedure affecting 98 members of staff, 56 of which are employed in the NH hotels in Rome and Palermo, which will likely close down. Another 42 layoffs will be due to ‘reorganising’ procedures across the country. This will be the eighth since...
  • 14/03/2016
    Time for McDonald’s to come clean on its aggressive tax avoidance strategies
    EMBARGOED 14 MARCH 2016 - McDonald’s will once again face fierce grilling from MEPs in the TAXE Committee over its aggressive tax avoidance strategies this Tuesday 15 March.‘McDonald’s misled the European Parliament’s Special Tax Committee last time round,’ says Jan Willem Goudriaan, General...
  • 15/02/2016
    Surviving the sharing economy: EFFAT General Secretary addresses the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels
    According to the WTO sharing economy platforms, traditional  travel businesses already account for two thirds of the global tourism offer. In Spain alone, 50% of the capacity of tourist accommodations in cities is marketed through peer-to-peer platforms.Collaborative consumption companies,...



  • 26/11/2008
    EFFAT celebrates 50 years Anniversary
    This year, on the 19th of November, EFFAT looked back on a 50-year history. Under the chairmanship of Bruno Vannoni, Vice-President, Harald Wiedenhofer, Secretary General, invited guest speakers Mario Sepi, EESC President, John Monks, ETUC Secretary General and Dr Rainer Fattman, author of the book...
  • 31/01/2007
    FERCO-EFFAT Agreement on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Contract Catering sector
    On 31 January 2007, EFFAT and FERCO, the social partners in the European contract catering sector, signed the "FERCO-EFFAT Agreement on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Contract Catering sector".Considering that catering companies are not only responsible for their products and services, but...
  • 11/12/2006
    Joint EFFAT-HOTREC statement on a European Qualification Passport
    A joint EFFAT-HOTREC expert working group will develop a pilot model of a qualification passport for the European hotel and restaurant sector until the end of 2007.This was agreed by EFFAT and HOTREC, the social partners in the European hotel and restaurant sector, in a joint statement on a...
  • 19/09/2006
    On the status of the negotiations in the Doha round of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
    Effective and sustainable development on our planet is today completely unthinkable without globalisation and world trade. But it is only possible when the main players responsible for this development bid farewell to the myth of social and economic Darwinism, according to which free trade is a...
  • 22/03/2006
    EFFAT demands "Tourism - Key to Growth and Employment in Europe"
    At a press conference in Vienna on 22 March 2006, EFFAT presented its demands to the Austrian Presidency and the European institutions with regard to the tourism sector.
  • 01/11/2005
    ETLC - Who we are
    This brochure gives you an overview of the objectives and major activities of the European Trade Union Liaison Committee on Tourism (ETLC).ETLC is a coordination platform of the European Industry Federations and the Global Union Federations representing workers in the tourism sector, EFFAT, ETF,...




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.