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

  • 07/07/2017
    Collaborative economy: What impact on tourism accommodation jobs?
    As a follow-up to the Communication “A European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy” published in June 2016, the European Commission has been organising a series of workshops on the collaborative economy in the tourism accommodation sector. In cooperation with Member States and tourism...
  • 09/06/2017
    Join “My Fair Home” campaign | Give decent work to domestic workers
    Friday 16 June is International Domestic Workers’ Day.  During the week leading to the day, EFFAT, in collaboration with IDWF, wants to re-launch the “My Fair Home” Campaign.We are calling upon all EFFAT affiliated trade unions to ask their officials (paid staff) and activists (elected...
  • 06/03/2017
    “McLandlord” Report: Fat rent excesses at McDonald’s
    In their new “McLandlord” report, trade unions detail how McDonald’s market power and real estate practices enable the corporation to extract excessive rental payments from its franchiseesMost of McDonald’s profits come from its real estate operations rather than its burger businessReport shows...
  • 08/02/2017
    Workers’ cross border solidarity blocks Starbucks’ strikebreaking attempt
    As after three negotiating rounds in the German fast food sector the employers had not come up with any substantial offer, NGG, the German Food, Beverages and Hospitality Trade Union, had started strike actions. Starbucks reaction was to recruit workers in Poland to “volunteer” to “support”...
  • 29/11/2016
    McDonald’s Workers to Call on MEPs to Take Action over Poor Working Conditions
    Workers to appear before Parliament committee to testify about zero-hours contracts, abuse of part-time hiring and deliberate obstruction of workers’ rights to choose representativesBrussels, 29 November 2016 - Today, McDonald’s workers will appear before the European Parliament’s Petition...
  • 31/10/2016
    Uber drivers are ‘workers’ : EFFAT welcomes breaking UK legal decision
    The London Employment Tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers are workers, not 'self-employed', and as workers they have enforceable rights, including a guaranteed minimum wage, paid breaks, and holiday pay. The decision came in response to two test cases brought on behalf of drivers by the British...

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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...
  • 24/11/2015
    Sharing economy: No! if it leads to unfair competition and social dumping
    Concerned over the rapid diffusion of the “sharing economy” in tourism (i.e. Internet based offers for accommodation and transport, such as Airbnb and Uber), EFFAT adopted a common position during the latest Executive Committee meeting. The text calls on policy makers to avoid that the...
  • 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...
  • 23/04/2015
    For quality! – European project for quality of jobs and services in personal care and household services (PHS)
    EFFAT has joined a project co-founded by the EU-Commission called ‘For Quality!’ aimed at the promotion of the quality of services and jobs in the area of personal care and household services (PHS).The project which started in November 2014 will run until June 2016
  • 16/09/2014
    EFFAT position EC consultation on undeclared work
    According to many publications and studies, two of the EFFAT sectors, agriculture and hospitality (hotels and restaurants), are amongst those sectors mostly concerned with undeclared work. This is why the fight against undeclared work is one of the key priorities in the respective EFFAT sectors.
  • 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...

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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.