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Europe’s hotel, restaurant and catering sector features 1.8 million companies employing almost 10 million workers. Tourism is one of the few sectors of the European economy with a high potential for growth and job creation, particularly providing an entry into the labour market for young people.
Given the high percentage of atypical employment in the tourism sector, the EFFAT mission is to promote decent and fair working conditions. EFFAT activities in the tourism sector include promoting improvement and recognition of qualifications and skills, socially responsible and sustainable tourism, and strengthening social dialogue in the sector to improve working conditions.

Political Secretary: Kerstin Howald – k.howald@effat.org
President: Pilar Rato (CCOO Servicios, Spain)
Vice-presidents: Andreas Gollner (Vida, Austria) & Dave Turnball (Unite the Union, UK)

Joint HOTREC-EFFAT Statement on Ukraine

Joint HOTREC-EFFAT Statement on Ukraine

16 March 2022 | HOTREC and EFFAT, the European social partners in the hospitality sector, condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and deplore the loss of lives and the human suffering. The attack is a flagrant violation of international laws and agreements, and of...

Press Release | Rebuilding the Hospitality sector

Press Release | Rebuilding the Hospitality sector

HOTREC, the European umbrella association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés, and its trade union counterpart EFFAT, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, call upon the EU and Member States to prolong the EU and national funding as long...

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