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

  • 05/04/2016
    Tourism needs more and better jobs
    „If the Hospitality sector does not only want to successfully recruit, but also retain qualified staff, employers have to offer more attractive jobs, i.e. non precarious contracts, competitive wages, a better planning of working time which allows a work-life balance, professional career paths and...
  • 14/03/2016
    EFFAT demands action against unfair dismissal procedure by NH Italy
    On 8 March NH ITALY started a dismissal procedure affecting 98 members of staff, 56 of which are employed in the NH hotels in Rome and Palermo, which will likely close down. Another 42 layoffs will be due to ‘reorganising’ procedures across the country. This will be the eighth since...
  • 14/03/2016
    Time for McDonald’s to come clean on its aggressive tax avoidance strategies
    EMBARGOED 14 MARCH 2016 - McDonald’s will once again face fierce grilling from MEPs in the TAXE Committee over its aggressive tax avoidance strategies this Tuesday 15 March.‘McDonald’s misled the European Parliament’s Special Tax Committee last time round,’ says Jan Willem Goudriaan, General...
  • 15/02/2016
    Surviving the sharing economy: EFFAT General Secretary addresses the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels
    According to the WTO sharing economy platforms, traditional  travel businesses already account for two thirds of the global tourism offer. In Spain alone, 50% of the capacity of tourist accommodations in cities is marketed through peer-to-peer platforms.Collaborative consumption companies,...
  • 16/12/2015
    Nordic HRCT Union best practices to stop sexual harassment in the hospitality sector
    On 4 December 2015, during the European hotel and restaurant sector plenary meeting, Kristjan Bragasson from the Nordic HRCT Union presented the outcomes of the conference on “Sexism and Sexual Harassment in the Tourism Industry”, recently held in Reykjavik. The conference focused on...
  • 16/12/2015
    Tourism reps unfold manifesto to boost jobs and growth
    European tourism stakeholders lay out their joint vision for the future of tourism in Europe: fair competition, good governance, qualifications and skills at the heart of sustainable employment Brussels, 16 December 2015 – A wide range of stakeholders in the European tourist industry have...

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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.