European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
Together for decent work and fair pay from farm to fork

Agriculture

Europe numbers one million agricultural employers who provide work to over 7 million workers. With 15 million farm holdings, in which over 40 million people work, the agriculture sector makes a vital contribution to healthy nutrition, and still plays a key role in the economic, environmental and social policies in Europe. EFFAT activities in the agriculture sector include promoting a sustainable Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), safeguarding employment and fair pay in rural areas, and further developing social dialogue in order to improve working conditions in this sector.

News

  • 11/05/2016
    Greenpeace Netherlands' TTIP leaks confirm EFFAT's concerns
    EFFAT and its member organisations welcome Greenpeace Netherlands' release of TTIP documents which have been kept under wraps since the very beginning of the negotiations. EFFAT will never stop calling for tansparency as the first step to guarantee a free and fair trade. EFFAT stands for...
  • 21/04/2016
    Better protection for outdoor workers against skin cancer!
    EFBWW and EFFAT represent European trade unions and workers in the Building, Agricul-ture, Forestry, Horticulture and Tourism sectors – therefore employees who spend most of their working day outside, under the sun. These working conditions cause heat injuries and skin cancers.However, as a...
  • 06/04/2016
    Organic Farming: Combining sustainable land use and fair treatment for workers
    On the occasion of the 6 April 10th European Congress on organic agriculture in Driebergen (Netherlands), Arnd Spahn, EFFAT Political Secretary for Agriculture, called for a more sustainable agriculture.EFFAT supports organic agriculture as a particularly sustainable way of land use. However,...
  • 04/04/2016
    Tell the European Commission to ban glyphosate and step off the pesticide treadmill!
    The European Commission must be stopped from renewing its approval for use in the EU of toxic herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and the world's most widely-used herbicide. Renewed authorisation is being pushed through, despite the UN World Health Organization's ...
  • 07/03/2016
    SAY NO TO GLYPHOSATE! EFFAT opposes 15-year glyphosate licence
    On 8 March, a meeting of EU government experts in Brussels is expected to support the European Commission’s proposal to grant a new 15-year lease to glyphosate, the world’s most used weedkiller, despite World Health Organisation (WHO) cancer warnings.Gardeners, agricultural and forestry workers...
  • 02/03/2016
    Social partners in EU beet sugar sector highlight importance of fair and truly competitive world market
    Brussels, 2 March 2016 - At yesterday’s EC annual meeting between trade unions and employers in the EU sugar sector, the social partners expressed deep worries about the risks and economic uncertainties ahead of the end of the quota system in 2017, compounded by unfair competition and an uneven...

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Documents

  • 08/04/2013
    Water management and agriculture
    European agriculture employs over 7 million agricultural workers. Good land management is impossible without sustainable water resources, which is why the trade unions in the agricultural sector are campaigning for water plans that set out social requirements for land use and should lead to the...
  • 26/03/2013
    Social security bodies partners presentation
    Short presentation of the social security bodies at national, European and international level, in the framework of an European project carried out by EFFAT with financial support from the EU, on EFFAT contribution in developping coordination between social security bodies and improving...
  • 15/01/2013
    Pedagogic guide on social security coordination
    This document is the result of discussion and study by agricultural trade union organisations in several European Union Member States as part of a project run by EFFAT, with co-financing by the European Commission. The agricultural sector employs a significant number of workers in precarious...
  • 15/01/2013
    Welcome booklet for posted and migrant workers - seasonal or otherwise - How the coordination of social security institutions works
    This guide does not replace the guides issued by each country, the institutions of the European Commission or the social security institutions of the Member States. It aims to summarise a range of information to make it easier for you to find more information in a Member State.This guide is for all...
  • 11/01/2013
    Welcome booklet for posted and migrant workers - seasonal or otherwise
    Welcome booklet in the framework of the EU co-funded project on EFFAT contribution to developing coordination between social security institutions and improving information in agriculture
  • 17/12/2012
    Teaching guide for better informing on social security in agriculture
    Teaching guide carried out in the framework of the EU co-funded project on EFFAT contribution to developing coordination between social security institutions and improving information in the agriculture sector

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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.