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

  • 27/09/2017
    World Tourism Day 2017 | Sustainable Tourism starts from decent working conditions
    On World Tourism Day 2017, EFFAT, representing the almost 10 million workers employed in the European hotel, restaurant, catering and fast food sector, is shining a light on the need to improve the attractiveness of employment in the sector.Sustainability, competitiveness and the need to upgrade...
  • 13/09/2017
    Social Partners in the contract catering sector adopt a joint pledge to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships
    FoodServiceEurope and EFFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions), have jointly committed to improve the quality and attractiveness of apprenticeships schemes in the contract catering sector.Based on the conviction that a better use of apprenticeships can go a long way...
  • 04/09/2017
    Huge support for McDonalds workers' first ever strike in the UK
    Today - on US Labour Day - McDonalds’ fast food workers in Cambridge and Crayford (South-East London) are staging the first ever strike in the UK to coordinate world action against the fast food giant.Organised by EFFAT's affiliate Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), McDonalds...
  • 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...

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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.