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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 06/05/2014
    Completion of SAFE HOST project: Tools for European social partners to combat sexual exploitation of children in tourism
    The SAFE HOST project, which delivers a package of training and resources to equip the European tourism industry with innovative and practical tools for the struggle against child sexual exploitation throughout the whole supply chain, has come to an end.The project has entered a new phase - to “...
  • 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.