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

Company Policy

 
The EFFAT Company Policy department helps establish and support European Works Councils (EWCs) in the EFFAT sectors and fosters crossborder cooperation and solidarity in large transnational companies (TNCs). 
 
The Company Policy department represents and advocates EFFAT views with senior management of TNCs, social partners, stakeholders and the European institutions. This involves:
  • establishing and coordinating ethical EWCs in companies;
  • monitoring legal and political developments relating to information, consultation and participation in European companies; 
  • providing expertise, advice and information on best practices to improve the functioning of EWCs and other European-level work related to multinationals from a trade union perspective;
  • supporting industrial disputes and solidarity campaigns at the European level.
 

News

  • 28/04/2016
    AB InBev offering to sell SABMiller’s Central and Eastern European businesses to address potential regulatory concerns
    AB InBev has now offered to divest the entirety of SABMiller’s businesses and brands in Central and Eastern Europe. This includes businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Poland, Romania and Hungary.The proposed divestments are subject to review and approval by the EC. Any sale would be...
  • 14/04/2016
    TAKE ACTION! Swedish foodworkers fighting Findus factory closure by asset strippers Nomad Foods
    The Swedish Food Workers Union (Livs) is fighting plans to shut down the Findus frozen food factory in Bjuv, which would throw 450 workers out of a job and devastate the many hundreds of farmers who supply the plant. On March 31, the CEO of Nomad Foods, an investment vehicle registered in the...
  • 14/03/2016
    EFFAT demands action against unfair dismissal procedure by NH Italy
    On 8 March NH ITALY started a dismissal procedure affecting 98 members of staff, 56 of which are employed in the NH hotels in Rome and Palermo, which will likely close down. Another 42 layoffs will be due to ‘reorganising’ procedures across the country. This will be the eighth since...
  • 11/03/2016
    Asahi's offer for PGM: EWC issues official opinion
    Further to Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime (PGM)’s acquisition by Asahi, SABMIller EWC coordinated by EFFAT has written an official position to be sent to Asahi, AbinBev and SABMiller Central management. In its opinion SABMIller EWC sees the divestment as  a possible positive development for the...
  • 02/02/2016
    Spanish Altadis factory set to close, putting 471 jobs at risk
    Altadis, a French-Spanish offshoot of Britain-based Imperial Tobacco have just announced a restructuring plan which includes the closure of the cigarette factory of Agoncillo, in the Spanish region of Rioja. The closure is expected to take place on 30 June 2016 and will result in the loss of 471...
  • 18/01/2016
    ETUC releases toolkit on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) released a toolkit on Corporate Social Responsibility to support members of European works councils. The brochure presents the existing standards applicable to CSR and contains a set of checklists to evaluate for example a management report on CSR....

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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.