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

Press releases

  • 15/04/2015
    EFFAT joins global workers' protests to say No to McDO’s junk jobs and Yes to tax fairness
     Brussels, 15 April 2015 - Thousands of fast food workers around the world demonstrate today to defend their right to living wages and decent working conditions. The European Parliament’s centre left forces joined the protests to call for better jobs in the sector. This comes amidst a recent...
  • 14/11/2014
    Without coherent EU law decent work and fair competition in EU single market still out of reach
    During its 4th Congress in Vienna from 20 to 21 November, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), together with the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), will invite the European and Austrian press to hear the trade unions’ proposals for achieving a fair...
  • 16/10/2014
    An appetite for the future: FoodDrinkEurope and EFFAT launch youth apprenticeships pledge
    FoodDrinkEurope together with its social partner, the European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) has launched an industry pledge to encourage high quality apprenticeships and traineeships in food and drink manufacturing companies across Europe. This joint initiative...
  • 30/07/2014
    Leaked TTIP paper raises fears for food safety
    A leaked paper, although impartial, gives reason to fear that regulations, laws and enforcement measures on food safety and animal and plant health (so called ‘SPS measures’) will be subordinated to the pursuit of trade facilitation in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)...
  • 18/07/2014
    Parliament’s youth resolution is a step, not a solution
    The European Parliament has sent a welcome, yet smokeless signal on Thursday 17 July by adopting a resolution on Youth Employment during its last session before the summer break. The six sectoral European trade union federations (ETUFs), uniting over 30 million workers and organisers through the “...
  • 18/07/2014
    Commission delays robust action on unfair trading practices
    The European Commission communication issued this week on tackling unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the business-to-business food supply chain has good intentions but must follow through, considers the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT).
  • 11/07/2014
    New report shows exploitation of migrant workers in UK is bad for everyone, undermines fair competition
    Labour market flexibility combined with the low level of compliance and enforcement in the UK, particularly in low-skilled sectors such as agriculture, food processing and hospitality, expose vulnerable and migrant workers to exploitation, says a report published this week by the UK Government...
  • 10/07/2014
    Youth Guarantee fails to fulfil its promises
    The six European trade union federations (ETUFs) and their combined membership of 30 million workers who are powering the campaign “Enough of their crisis – back to our future”, are deeply concerned that the Italian Government, which has just this month commenced its Presidency of the EU, has...
  • 09/07/2014
    Jobs in EFFAT sectors among those most affected by climate change
    Climate change will cause particular disruptions to jobs and economic activity in food production, agriculture and tourism sectors, reported the European Climate Foundation and European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) yesterday.
  • 07/07/2014
    ECOFIN: The World Cup that Italy can still win
    On the eve of the first Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) under the Italian Presidency of the EU, the European Federation for Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) has teamed with numerous Italian and pan-European civil society organisations in support of the Robin Hood...


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.