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  • 07/03/2017
    She needs a pay rise
    Brussels, 7 March 2017 | On 8 March 2017, International Womens’ Day, the trade union movement reflects on the need to achieve gender parity in the workplace. The average gender pay gap in the EU is almost 17%, and up to now it has only been reduced at a very slow pace. This happens in spite of...
  • 27/10/2016
    Italy: New legislation passed to curb gang master practices
    Italy has taken a crucial step to crack down on the widespread exploitation of farm workers through the “Caporalato system” (Gangmasters), a widespread phenomenon characterised by a lack of contractual protection, exploitative working hours, harsh treatment and deplorable housing and working...
  • 24/10/2016
    European meat conference in Rheda-Wiedenbrück
    Trade unionists from across Europe met in Rheda-Wiedenbrück (North-Rhine Westphalia) to demand that transnational rules be applied in the meat industry. Rheda-Wiedenbrück is home to one of the largest meat companies in Europe and worldwide, Tönnies. “Germany is the black sheep in Europe” said EFFAT...
  • 06/10/2016
    EFFAT joins the ETUC and asks the EU to deliver decent work
    The EU could raise low pay, benefitting workers and families throughout Europe and beyond, says the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). In the run up to the World Day of Decent Work on October 7, the ETUC is highlighting Industries where some wages are far from decent;How wages...
  • 26/05/2016
    Trade Unions back new Undeclared Work Platform
    The launch of the European Commission’s ‘Undeclared Work Platform’ on Friday 27 May is a long overdue initiative to tackle the exploitation of workers and unfair competition for law-abiding employers says the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).  It is estimated that up to 20% of...
  • 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...

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Documents

  • 14/12/2015
    Zero tolerance of labour exploitation
    This code of conduct for fair and transparent employment relationships is in response to a report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2015, « Severe labour exploitation: workers moving within or into the European Union ») which...
  • 15/09/2015
    EFFAT invites to express solidarity with Finnish unions fighting anti-union legislation
    Finland’s trade unions are mobilizing against the new right-wing coalition government’s plan to unilaterally cut pay and benefits negotiated through collective bargaining, and are asking for solidarity and support.On September 9, after unions refused to agree to the proposals, the government...
  • 19/05/2015
    EFFAT’s Executive Committee sends strong political messages on Social Agenda, Migration and the Future of the European Trade Unions
    EFFAT’s Executive Committee sends strong political messages on Social Agenda, Migration and the Future of the European Trade Unions During the 6 and 7 May Executive Committee, EFFAT engaged in discussions over the issues that are paramount to our organization’s activities and sectors, shared...
  • 11/05/2015
    Decent Work for Domestic Workers!
    Decent Work for Domestic Workers! The final report of the EFFAT study “Promote industrial relations in the domestic work sector in Europe”, co-financed by the European Commission, is ready!27 trade unions, 9 employers’ associations and 6 migrant/domestic workers’ organisations from 15 European...
  • 15/04/2014
    EFFAT position on the seasonal workers directive
    The European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) represents 120 national trade unions from 38 European countries, and defends the interests of more than 2.6 million members towards the European Institutions, European industrial associations and enterprise management.In...
  • 15/09/2013
    Illegal work - in reality, nobody is benefitting
    Presentation of EFFAT Agriculture Sector on the fight against illegal work and its action plan against illegal work in European agriculture, within the framework of a EU supported project on Common Agricultural Policy and Employment  

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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.