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

Press releases

  • 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.
  • 22/03/2016
    As Brussels bombings hit the heart of Europe EFFAT mourns victims
    Brussels, 22 March 2016 - Today several barbaric terrorist attacks hit Brussels, the capital of Europe, causing at least 31 deaths and 100 injured.Today’s bombing hit Brussels international airport and Maelbeek metro station at the heart of the European headquarters, symbols of the values of free...
  • 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...
  • 10/03/2016
    Occupational cancer kills 100,000 people every year in the European Union. It is the most common work-related cause of death. 
  • 08/03/2016
    Break the glass wall on Int'l Women's Day 2016!
    International Women’s Day against gender bias in the workplaceBrussels, 8 march 2016 - On International Women’s Day the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), EFFAT and fellow ETUFs call on men and women to break the glass walls that segregate the sexes into separate occupations and to promote...
  • 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...
  • 02/02/2016
    Spanish Altadis factory set to close, putting 471 jobs at risk
  • 21/01/2016
    More guarantees for the Youth Guarantee
    With youth unemployment over 22% across the EU*, and a shocking 53% in Spain*, European trade unions are demanding that funding for the Youth Guarantee is extended.  Youth representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation and European sectoral trade union federations will meet European...
  • 14/01/2016
    Important improvements to the IIA – yet warning sign is still up
    Brussels, January 14, 2016 - On December 8, 2015 the high-level negotiation team consisting of representatives from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finalised the new inter-institutional agreement. Reacting to the outcome of the negotiations Christina Colclough, UNI Europa...


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.