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.



  • 13/09/2017
    Social Partners in the contract catering sector adopt a joint pledge to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships
    FoodServiceEurope and EFFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions), have jointly committed to improve the quality and attractiveness of apprenticeships schemes in the contract catering sector.Based on the conviction that a better use of apprenticeships can go a long way...
  • 04/09/2017
    Huge support for McDonalds workers' first ever strike in the UK
    Today - on US Labour Day - McDonalds’ fast food workers in Cambridge and Crayford (South-East London) are staging the first ever strike in the UK to coordinate world action against the fast food giant.Organised by EFFAT's affiliate Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), McDonalds...
  • 07/07/2017
    Collaborative economy: What impact on tourism accommodation jobs?
    As a follow-up to the Communication “A European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy” published in June 2016, the European Commission has been organising a series of workshops on the collaborative economy in the tourism accommodation sector. In cooperation with Member States and tourism...
  • 09/06/2017
    Join “My Fair Home” campaign | Give decent work to domestic workers
    Friday 16 June is International Domestic Workers’ Day.  During the week leading to the day, EFFAT, in collaboration with IDWF, wants to re-launch the “My Fair Home” Campaign.We are calling upon all EFFAT affiliated trade unions to ask their officials (paid staff) and activists (elected...
  • 06/03/2017
    “McLandlord” Report: Fat rent excesses at McDonald’s
    In their new “McLandlord” report, trade unions detail how McDonald’s market power and real estate practices enable the corporation to extract excessive rental payments from its franchiseesMost of McDonald’s profits come from its real estate operations rather than its burger businessReport shows...
  • 08/02/2017
    Workers’ cross border solidarity blocks Starbucks’ strikebreaking attempt
    As after three negotiating rounds in the German fast food sector the employers had not come up with any substantial offer, NGG, the German Food, Beverages and Hospitality Trade Union, had started strike actions. Starbucks reaction was to recruit workers in Poland to “volunteer” to “support”...



  • 11/12/2012
    EFFAT-HOTREC Summary - Initiatives to fight undeclared work in Horeca
    On 3 December 2010, EFFAT and HOTREC, in the framework of the sectoral social dialogue for the European hotel and restaurant sector, signed the “Joint Statement on Undeclared Work in the European Hotel and Restaurant Sector”.In order to follow up and implement the joint declaration, the social...
  • 22/11/2012
    We need a real social Europe now!
     Europe is in the midst of a crisis caused by a failure to properly regulate and control financial speculators. European Union (EU) institutions have responded by pressing for severe 'austerity measures' to curb public deficits. This strategy of spending cuts, additional taxation, and...
  • 15/10/2012
    EFFAT supports the European Trade Union Confederation’s (ETUC) call: Europe must address its social debt
    EFFAT and ETUC support a European Union that promotes good jobs, decent wages, social progress and social justice. We oppose the dismantling of our social model that serves as inspiration to workers throughout the world. We are serious about our demand that social rights should have priority over...
  • 25/08/2012
    Preventing accidents in the hotel, restaurant and catering (HORECA) sector
    European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA) HORECA: The hotel, restaurant and catering sector On the OSHA website you can find actual information on HORECA workers’ exposure to hazards and health risks, on prevention of accidents and promotion of workplace health in the hotel, restaurant...
  • 15/12/2011
    Message from EFFAT President, Bruno VANNONI
    The two recent crises have brought about new challenges for Europe. Whether economic, political or trade union-related, we must confront these challenges because they concern the future of social democracy. Successive attacks against individual countries and the Euro are exacerbating the...
  • 23/12/2010
    EFFAT-HOTREC Statement on Undeclared Work 2010 12 03 EN SIGNED VERSION
    "Joint EFFAT-HOTREC Statement on Undeclared Work in the European Hotel and Restaurant Sector" - 3 December 2010




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.