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 area in terms of workforce, innovation and quality products.

EFFAT's mission is to fight social dumping and achieve a fair pay and decent working conditions for all. 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

  • 12/04/2016
    EFFAT meets young apprentices in the food and drink sector
    On Thursday the 7th of April, a group of eleven German apprentices in food technology visited EFFAT. The group spent a whole week in Brussels for a study trip organized by Dirk Assel from the Young Branch of the German Union DGB to discuss the social dimension of the European Union.They met Estelle...
  • 31/03/2016
    EFFAT Vice President reflects on new European social rights
    Ole Wehlast, President of Food Workers’ Union NNF Denmark and President of the EFFAT food sector issued a statement on the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the European Pillar of Social Rights and the current Better Regulation agenda.Please find Ole's statement below: 
  • 11/03/2016
    Asahi's offer for PGM: EWC issues official opinion
    Further to Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime (PGM)’s acquisition by Asahi, SABMIller EWC coordinated by EFFAT has written an official position to be sent to Asahi, AbinBev and SABMiller Central management. In its opinion SABMIller EWC sees the divestment as  a possible positive development for the...
  • 03/03/2016
    Finnish SEL rejects pact negotiated by central organisations
    After convening today, food workers' union SEL stated it will not start renegotiating existing collective agreements on the basis of the deal reached by central organisations. “We believe this social pact offers distorted solutions to the existing problems and it will not bring increased...
  • 02/03/2016
    Social partners in EU beet sugar sector highlight importance of fair and truly competitive world market
    Brussels, 2 March 2016 - At yesterday’s EC annual meeting between trade unions and employers in the EU sugar sector, the social partners expressed deep worries about the risks and economic uncertainties ahead of the end of the quota system in 2017, compounded by unfair competition and an uneven...
  • 23/02/2016
    Unfair Trading Practices in the supply chain: EC report overlooks impact on employment
    The European Commission has published a report on unfair business-to-business trading practices in the food supply chain.The report is overall disappointing, as the EC allows the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) and the Member States to act when they deem it appropriate.For many years EFFAT has...

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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.