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

Food

EFFAT represents the interests of over 4.5 million workers across Europe in the food and drink sector. As the largest in Europe, this is a key EU area in terms of workforce, innovation and high quality products.

The EFFAT mission is to fight social dumping and reach fair pay and decent working conditions. Through its active participation in the social dialogue at European level, EFFAT negotiates agreements with European employers’ organisations that aim to improve workers’ conditions

 

News

  • 03/07/2017
    EU-Mercosur negotiations: Stand up for EU sugar and ethanol!
    EU sugar and renewable ethanol producers, sugar beet farmers, and workers call for no concessions on sugar and ethanol in the context of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations. Brazil is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar, accounting for a massive 52 per cent of world net sugar...
  • 12/06/2017
    The clock is ticking: keep your promises as 2020 approaches
    Leading chocolate and cocoa companies – among which Mars, Ferrero and Blommer – have pledged to process and sell only sustainable products by 2020. But we have learned from past promises: eradicating child labour in 5-10 years under the 2001 Harkin-Engel Protocol just didn’t happen!We want to...
  • 06/06/2017
    German meat workers entitled of more rights thanks to new federal law
    Last week, the German Bundestag adopted the “Gesetz zur Sicherung von Arbeitnehmerrechten in der Fleischwirtschaft”, a law securing workers’ rights in the meat processing industry.Claus-Harald Güster, deputy president of the German food union NGG (Nahrung Genuss-Gaststätten) expressed his pleasure...
  • 02/06/2017
    Wanted: Responsible Owner Making Spreads Fit for the Future
    On 6 April Unilever announced a series of measures in response to the Kraft Heinz takeover bid. One of these measures is the planned sale of the margarine business.  The plan has attracted criticism from the works councils and EFFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and...
  • 24/04/2017
    Temporary Measures: A reckless gamble
    The EU sugar sector faces its biggest change in decades. On 1 October 2017 EU sugar production quotas will end. At this sensitive and uncertain time, the European Commission has proposed to vote in the Management Committee of 27 April 2017 on the introduction of ‘temporary’ measures (tenders for...
  • 24/04/2017
    International trade union calls for firm EU action on imported Philippines tuna tainted with human rights violations
    An international trade union delegation comprising the IUF, the IUF European regional organization EFFAT-IUF, the Belgian Food and Service Workers’ Union CCAS-CSC, the Norwegian Food Workers’ Union NNN and two members of a trade union from General Santos City in the Philippines which is leading the...

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Documents

  • 29/04/2014
    Actions towards a more sustainable European food chain
    With the simultaneous rise in global demands for food, feed, fuel and fibre, and a reduction in natural capital to sustain current agriculture and yield levels, it is imperative to decouple European growth from resource use and significant environmental impacts, in particular in view of the...
  • 23/05/2013
    Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope position on Solvency II
    The European social partners in the food and drink industry, FoodDrinkEurope and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), share the Commission’s view that, in the future, occupational pension schemes will be of increasing importance for the provision of an...
  • 23/05/2013
    Fact sheet: The case against food taxes according to the EU social partners in the food and drink industry
    "We must ensure that all Europeans, including low-income earners, can access both a variety of fresh and healthy foods at affordable prices, and knowledge about nutrition and healthy lifestyles." – Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General Secretary
  • 10/05/2013
    New Eurofound study can inform the work of the social partners in the EU food and drink sector
    With the participation of the EFFAT secretariat, its food and drink affiliates, and FoodDrinkEurope, Eurofound has today published a representativeness study. It identifies the key industrial relations actors (that is, trade unions and employer organisations) in the EU food and drink...
  • 07/05/2013
    Social Dialogue in the Food and Drink Industry: Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope Position on Discriminatory Food Taxes
    The governments of some EU Member States have recently introduced taxes on specific food categories and food ingredients such as sugar, fat, artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, fast food and pastry.These governments have so far justified these measures as an ‘effective’ way to address the societal...
  • 05/02/2013
    EFFAT Position On Food Taxes
    Some EU Member States have recently introduced specific taxes that allegedly aim to discourage the consumption of certain foods and food ingredients, such as sugar, animal fat, artificial sweeteners, sparkling drinks, fast food and pastry. Other Member States are considering introducing similar...

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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.