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

  • 10/06/2016
    Commission Communication for the collaborative economy does not give the expected legal guidance
    Brussels, 10 June 2016 – On 2 June 2016, the Commission published its long-awaited Communication “A European agenda for the collaborative economy”, which was announced to give guidance to Member States on how to apply existing EU legislation on the collaborative economy.The overall Commission...
  • 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...
  • 14/04/2016
    "I am fed up of being treated like a machine at work”
    On International Fast Food Workers day EFFAT joins thousands to demand a real living wage and an end to zero hour contractsBrussels, 14 April 2016 – On the final day of the EFFAT, ETUC and all other ETUF’s conference titled “End precarious work Now – Decent Work and Equal Treatment for...
  • 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
    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...
  • 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...

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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.