European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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Since 8 September 2017 more than 70 workers (mostly Polish, but also Lithuanians and Norwegians) have been on strike in fish processing company Norse Production based just outside Bergen on the west coast of Norway.

EFFAT supports the ETUC, TUs and civil society organisations in the process of lobbying on Public Country-by-Country reports from Multinational companies. The EC Directive imposes all multinationals (with turnover above 750 million euros) with activities in Europe (whether or not they have headquarters in the EU) to report information on their activities in each EU country in which they operate.

Since last October,  fast-food workers in Germany have been in a conflict with employers over fair pay and a living wage. In collective bargaining with the German food workers union NGG, the companies have offered a wage which is considerably below what the German government calculates as the minimum needed to build for a decent retirement.

Dear Supporter,

Almost 24000 brothers and sisters in the Spanish poultry and rabbit meat sector are facing extremely precarious working conditions.

Although the sector continues to thrive, the problem is the contractual weakness in price fixing among the players in the supply chain, which leaves the slaughtering industry in an unfavorable position compared with the retailers.

Two-hundred hotel workers at Sheraton Brussels hotel in Belgium have paid the price of a conflict between the owner, the UK-based property group International Real Estate Ltd, and Starwood, recently bought by Marriott. The hotel owner and Starwood could not agree on who should pay for renovation and asbestos removal.
The hotel was built in the early 70's and its renovation would cost some 50 million Euros.
The European Commission is finally ready to listen to workers and citizens.

In January 2016, three EFFAT member organisations filed petitions to the European Parliament’s Petition Committee:

On 5th July the College of Commissioners is expected to present its decision on the legal nature of the EU-Canada free trade deal.

On the fifth anniversary of ILO Convention C189 on decent work for domestic workers adopted on 16 June 2011, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), which affiliated as a special group to the IUF in May 2014, launched the “My Fair Home” Campaign, asking employers of domestic workers to sign a pledge with which they commit to ensure decent work for domestic workers.

EFFAT has received from the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) an appeal to support the European Citizens’ Initiative Fair Transport Europe and we are asking your support to collect 1 million signatures by 14th September. Transport is vital to all Europeans.

It takes us to where we need to go, delivers our goods and creates economic growth.

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.