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

Press releases

  • 27/06/2014
    EFFAT calls for 2 million new jobs in agriculture and rural areas
    At the General Assembly of European trade unions representing agricultural workers held in the Austrian town of Villach, the President of EFFAT’s agriculture sector, Peter Holm, presented a study by his federation on the possibility of creating more than two million new jobs in agriculture within...
  • 27/06/2014
    Trade unions’ ultimatum to Dorchester Collection of hotels: Change laws or sell
    Representatives of the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and its UK affiliate GMB, together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), gathered today outside the Brussels International...
  • 17/06/2014
    New joint initiative to support labour market mobility in hospitality
    The European Commission has today launched the European Hospitality Skills Passport, a tool developed to facilitate contact between jobseekers and employers in the hospitality and tourism sector in Europe. It will be available in all languages. The Skills Passport is hosted on the European Job...
  • 17/06/2014
    Spanish High Court declares Coca-Cola Iberian Partners’ mass layoffs invalid
    The Spanish High Court last week declared that Coca-Cola Iberian Partners’ (CCIP) restructuring plans – that have resulted in the closure of four of 11 Coca-Cola plants and affected up to 1,190 employees – are invalid.
  • 17/06/2014
    Danone closures threaten workers across Europe
    A total of 325 jobs are at stake, with reduced job security for many more, should Danone proceed with plans to close three factories producing dairy products in Casale, Italy, Hagenow, Germany and Budapest, Hungary. The plans would further threaten the livelihoods of the local farmers who supply...
  • 28/05/2014
    European elections show youth dissatisfaction
    The 2014 European Parliament election results send a clear message that European citizens – including precarious young workers and jobseekers – feel that European decision-makers have not done enough to address unemployment and guarantee the participation of young people in the European labour...
  • 23/05/2014
    Contract catering action at the European institutions
    The policy on the granting of public contracts by the European institutions needs to change to allow decent working conditions and fair pay for catering workers.
  • 14/05/2014
    15 May for 15 dollars – Fast-food workers plan largest ever global wages protest
    On 15 May, in what is shaping up to be the largest ever global protest directed at fast-food retailers, fast-food workers around the world will protest outside McDonald’s and other outlets in support of the US-based campaign for a 15-dollar-an-hour wage, FightFor15.In over 30 countries across six...
  • 02/05/2014
    5 May – Coca-Cola workers will unite across Europe to say no to job cuts
    On 5 May, Coca-Cola workers will undertake localised actions around Europe to demand that the company ceases its ruthless agenda of job cuts, and precarious, outsourced labour.So far, demonstrations have been planned at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Anderlecht, Belgium, and Coca-Cola Iberian...
  • 29/04/2014
    Europe’s food chain partners working towards more sustainable food systems
    In a Joint Declaration entitled, ‘Actions towards a more sustainable European food chain’ published today, representatives from across Europe’s food chain and the NGO community encourage EU policy makers to support a more cohesive approach to safeguarding the sustainability of food systems for...


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.