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

Migrant Workers in the Meat Sector - A guide to your rights !


Representing together over 12 million workers employed in agriculture and plantations, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) and its regional organization the European Federation of Food, Agriculture, Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) have published a leaflet to support migrant and/or posted workers in the meat industry. The leaflet is a checklist for migrant workers which they need to consider before leaving their country of origin and being hired by an agency.

As mobility of work is becoming an important reality for the European labour market, migrant workers can face discrimination in destination countries. As supporter of fairer workplaces and improved pay and conditions for all workers, IUF and EFFAT want to make sure that all workers in the sector know what to check before getting hired and enter in a new contract in the meat industry.

The leaflet is now translated in: Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Romanian.

Further to the internal circulation within the trade unions affiliates, several other organizations dealing with migration, social and labor rights have been invited to contribute further to the dissemination of the publication through their network, social media and website.

For more information please contact:

Estelle Brentnall
EFFAT Political Secretary - Food, Drink and Tobacco Sectors

James Ritchie
IUF International Officer - Dairy, Meat, Food Processing and Catering


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.