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SEPTEMBER 2016
IN THE SPOTLIGHT 
EFFAT points out its European priorities at the IUF Executive Meeting

In his report to the IUF Executive Committee meeting in Geneva on 7 and 8 September 2016, the General Secretary of the European regional organisation EFFAT highlighted some of the biggest challenges facing the trade union movement in that region of the world, including the emergence of populism and the increasing success of the far right, the need to integrate refugees and the present-day trap posed by the sharing economy. Read more
GENERAL
Undeclared work platform discusses two-year plan
 
On 16 September 2016, trade union representatives participating in the activities of the European Platform on Undeclared Work – including EFFAT and ETUC – met to discuss a two-year work programme which sets out the priorities of the Platform and a description of the activities. The work programme will be adopted at the next Platform meeting scheduled for 10 October 2016. Read more
A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all
 
177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions signed a common statement ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava. The document served as a manifesto to call for European policies that support a sustainable, social Europe for people and for our planet. Read more
Market access for MERCOSUR: Trading away EU farming and its workers

The EU is heading for new shores in trade: South America could become a favoured partner in transatlantic relations, boasting massive poultry and beef exports. An analysis by EFFAT. Read more
 
 The European Parliament says no to social dumping
 
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on social dumping in the European Union, which aims at preventing social dumping and ensuring that workers throughout the EU enjoy better working conditions.  Read more
FOOD
Posting of Workers: Fair working conditions must come first!

On Monday 12 September 2016, EFFAT’s Food Drink and Tobacco sector held its General Assembly in the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee. Read more
European social partners unveil the keys to attract new talents to the food and drink sector

Successfully attracting new talents and managing an ageing workforce in the European food and drink industry are the themes of the toolbox report presented today by EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope at a meeting in Bratislava.  Read more
and Social Committee. Read more
EFFAT & NNF achieve EU Job fund at the European Parliament to cope with job losses in trade wars

EFFAT together with its affiliate in Denmark, NNF, have been working towards an EU funding response to the Russian ban and other similar crises. We have been calling for special measures or mechanisms (re-skilling for example) to directly help employees who will lose their jobs in case of a trade war. Read more
TOURISM
Social Partners in Contract Catering will update their procurement guide

The Plenary meeting of the EFFAT-FoodServiceEurope Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the European Contract Catering Sector agreed to update the “Guide to the economically most advantageous offer in contract catering” in line with the new EU Public Procurement legislation. A work programme for 2017 was also agreed.
Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto celebrates 1st anniversary

On 16 September 2016, the General Assembly of the Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto took stock of one year of operations. Supporters have grown from 24 to 34 organisations, while a new visual identity and a timeline for the revision of the Manifesto document were approved. Read more
AGRICULTURE
Second meeting of the steering committee of the European project on the improvement of agricultural workers statistics

The meeting took place on 14 September 2016 in Brussels. Due to gaps and different parameters on which statistics are based in the member states, collecting data has proven difficult so far. It has been decided that an internal online working platform will be set up to facilitate further work on the project. The project will be further discussed at the European opening conference on the improvement of employment statistics in agriculture on 8 and 9 November 2016.
Social justice instead of boundless liberalisation – towards a sustainable EU trade policy

On 15 September 2016 in Brussels at the civil dialogue group meeting on “International aspects of agricultural policy”, a delegation of agricultural worker unions affiliated to EFFAT highlighted the threats to jobs for agricultural workers and the dismantling of social protection caused by EU trade policy. Read more
 
COMPANY POLICY
New brochures available on EWCs and TNCs

The EFFAT Secretariat has finalised the last versions of the interactive brochure “Enhancing EFFAT’s role in EWCs and TNCs – Practical guidelines for EWC Coordinators and Trade Union officers”. Translated material is available to affiliates on the EWC portal and accessible with personal log-in details. Read more
AB InBev takeover of SABMiller: Takeover documents reveal worrying job loss figures

On 26 August 2016, important takeover documents were made available to SABMiller and AB InBev's shareholders ahead of a General Meeting on 28 September, where they voted on the transaction (scheduled for 10 October). Read more
Fostering the role of the EFFAT EWCs – Taking an active role in managing stress and psychosocial risks

The EFFAT Secretariat is pleased to present two new publications within the framework of the project Fostering the role of the EFFAT EWCs – Taking an active role in managing stress and psychosocial risks.
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EFFAT is the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 2.6 million members towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organization of the IUF.
 
 






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