MARCH 2017

She needs a Pay Rise
On 8 March 2017 – International Womens’ Day – the trade union movement reflects on the need to achieve gender parity in the workplace. The average gender pay gap in the EU is almost 17%, and so far it has only been reduced at a very slow pace. This is happening in spite of women’s significant progress in terms of educational achievements and work experience, and in the long run will result in lower pensions and poverty for women in old age. Read more
You are not alone! EFFAT shows solidarity to US fellow Brothers and Sisters as Trump plans to dismantle social protection and workers’ rights in America

At the last EFFAT’s management committee meeting, EFFAT felt the urgency to send a strong message of solidarity in support of all of our fellow American colleagues who are standing in the front line against Trump’s far-right populism. EFFAT stands alongside the entire American working class, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status. 
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EFFAT carries out mid-term review on equal pay recommendations

On 8 March EFFAT launched a questionnaire to all its member organisations aimed at a mid-term review on the “EFFAT Recommendations on Equal Pay for Women and Men” adopted at the EFFAT Congress in 2014. The objective is to see how these recommendations were taken up at national level and what progress has been made on equal pay since 2014. Furthermore, the European Commission recently published its annual report on equality between men and women, which provides an overview of the main EU policy and legal developments in gender equality over the last year, as well as examples of policies and actions in Member States. The report shows that women still face challenges in areas such as participation in the labour market, pay equality, pensions, decision-making, etc
Youth Committee focuses on strengthening trade union leadership
On 21-23 March the EFFAT Youth Committee members attended an ETUI workshop about leadership and communication skills. The sessions included a presentation of the ETUI and group activities on thinking models and leadership styles, political and generational challenges, and a training session on public speaking. The last day was devoted to analysing the political threats for young people in Europe, and the effects of digitalisation and precarious work in the EFFAT sectors. The outcome of the three-day meeting will be presented at the EFFAT Executive Committee in May.
Joint statement EFFAT CEFS on the end of sugar quota

The EU beet sugar industry is preparing for one of the biggest changes in its history: the end of production quotas on 1 October 2017. The end of quotas presents substantial opportunities for EU beet sugar manufacturers, in particular, the chance to produce more sugar for foodstuffs and to export without limits. To benefit from these openings, the EU beet sugar industry has worked hard to increase its competitiveness. Read more
Decent work in fish value chains in Europe and worldwide
The EFFAT fish and seafood processing coordinating group met on 16 April 2017. The fish industry in Europe and worldwide displays many sector-based shortcomings regarding decent work. The focus of the group is therefore on decent work in fish value chains in Europe and worldwide, and on organising foreign workers in the industry. A joint project with the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) – representing fishermen– will establish networks and platforms to share experiences and information, and to facilitate involvement in policy and decision-making processes at EU level.
Mondelez week of action to defend permanent employment

The IUF #Mondelez Week of Action was launched on Monday 27 March with IUF member unions signalling their commitment to defending quality permanent employment against the destructive short-termism which is driving management at Mondelez. Unions in the US, UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Korea, Norway, and Pakistan – some of the company’s major markets – will be organizing work stoppages, demonstrations and media events to signal their shared determination to save the facilities.
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ETLC meeting 

On 6 March 2017, EFFAT, ETF, UNI Europa, IUF representatives and their affiliated organisations in the tourism sector discussed the current situation in Europe, the latest developments in TNCs / EWCs in travel and tourism, the collaborative / platform economy in the transport and tourism sectors, initiatives for sustainable and responsible tourism, the European Tourism Manifesto for Growth and Jobs, as well as upcoming meetings such as the Tourism Conference of the Maltese Presidency on 25-26-May 2017 in St Julian’s, Malta.

Social dialogue in the European hotel and restaurant sector

The social partners in the European hospitality sector, EFFAT and HOTREC, at their Steering Committee meeting on 24 March 2017, agreed on a 2017-2018 work programme, discussed the first version of the multilingual classification of ESCO (European Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations), underlined their demand to make the European Hospitality Skills Passport on the EURES portal more visible and better accessible. Furthermore, they positively assessed the online tool for risk assessment for the Horeca sector in Belgium, jointly elaborated by the workers’ and employers’ organisations in the Horeca sector and the Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue, under the OiRA scheme by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA).

EFFAT and SEIU publish McLandlord report

In their new “McLandlord” report, trade unions detail how McDonald’s market power and real estate practices enable the corporation to extract excessive rental payments from its franchisees. Most of McDonald’s profits come from its real estate operations rather than its burger business.
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Public consultation on the CAP reform

EFFAT and its member organizations are seizing the opportunity provided by the current public European Commission consultation on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to point out that the text neglects the role played by agricultural workers. EFFAT calls for a social reform of the CAP, which caters to the needs of workers in rural areas, enhancing employment and making agricultural work safer and healthier. The consultation can be accessed here 
EFFAT joins civil society opposition against planned agriculture mega mergers
Together with another 200 organizations, EFFAT has signed an open letter to the European Commission and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, opposing the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations. In their letter, farmers, farmworkers, beekeepers, religious groups, international development operators and environmental activists claim that the three resulting companies will concentrate market power and “exacerbate the problems caused by industrial farming – with negative consequences for the public, farmers and farm workers, consumers, the environment, and food security”.
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New Bonduelle EWC agreement signed
On 22 March 2017, a new Bonduelle EWC agreement was signed by all EWC members and trade union representatives. As a signatory party, EFFAT contributed to this successful outcome. EFFAT Expert Enrico Somaglia, who assisted the EWC negotiations, said that “it was a long negotiation with intense discussions and several difficult points. However, thanks to the constructive approach taken by both parties, we concluded a successful agreement which is an added value for Bonduelle employees and the whole Group”. Read more
EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group express solidarity and support for the workers in Fuenlabrada (Madrid)

At its latest meeting in Berlin, the EFFAT Coca Cola coordination group adopted a resolution to express solidarity and support to the workers in Fuenlabrada and in the rest of Spain, as well as to all those in other parts of Europe where Coca-Cola employees have lost their jobs as a consequence of initiatives aimed at boosting productivity.
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