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01/07/2013


PRESS RELEASE - European Parliament disappoints on prolongation of sugar quotas
*FR and DE versions will be available shortly.*
28/06/2013
 

EFFAT Media Monitoring (June 2013, no. 3)
Your weekly update on the most important media coverage of labour and trade union issues in Europe
26/06/2013
  

PRESS RELEASE - Employment MEPs miss opportunity to protect posted workers
21/06/2013
   

In support of EPSU’s campaign "Europe’s missing € 1000 billion every year: we want it back"

EFFAT gives its full support to the European tax justice week of actions being organised by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) from 17 to 23 June 2013 as part of its campaign Europe’s missing € 1000 billion every year: we want it back.

The action intends to eradicate tax havens, oblige multinationals to pay their fair share of taxes to finance public services, and stop political and corporate interference with tax fraud investigations.


20/06/2013
   

In support of UNI Europa’s Troika Watch campaign

Last week’s admission by the IMF that it had underestimated the devastation that austerity would wreak on Greece is the latest reminder that austerity budgets are not working and that the current political, social and economic situation in Europe requires a strong and coordinated response on the part of the European trade union movement.

For this reason, EFFAT gives total support to UNI Europa’s Troika Watch campaign, an online austerity policy watchdog to expose and critically assess the Troika approach that translates an economic crisis into a social and humanitarian disaster.


20/06/2013
   
 A Trade Union Analysis of EU Economic Governance (EN)
 Chamber of Horrors of EU Economic Governance (EN)
 For Socially Responsible and Democratic Economic Governance: A Checklist (EN)

Direngezi: Stop State Violence, Respect Peoples’ Rights

Support action to protect protesters and freedom of speech and assembly in Turkey: Join June 21 and 22 international protests.

The Government in Ankara should put an end to state violence against peaceful demonstrators and ensure that the right of freedom of expression and assembly is guaranteed in all public areas of Turkey.

Time is of the essence and so we are asking you to act quickly on 21 and 22 June by organising demonstrations and marches at and around Turkish Embassy and Consulates.

Please find a contact list of Embassy and Consulates of Turkey here.

Sign the LabourStart petition to stop police violence in Turkey here.

Also, please download a model letter that you should print and deliver to the Turkish Embassy or Consulate while gathering outside their building.


19/06/2013

 Campaign poster 1
 Campaign poster 2
 IUF letter in support of Turkey (EN)
 Template letter for Turkey (FR)

Op-ed: High noon for social Europe

The ETUC has drafted an article to promote its position on the social dimension of the EU. This op-ed is meant to be inserted in national press.

While the ETUC welcomed the European Council’s decision, at last, to publish a roadmap on the social dimension of economic and monetary union, it insists that new measures have to go wider than EMU, to harness all policy areas in promoting full employment and social progress across Europe.

European leaders will hold a further summit meeting on June 27-28 when they are meant to draft a roadmap for social Europe. If they let us down again they will not be forgiven.

The EU’s social dimension should mean better living and working conditions, social protection, good public services and social dialogue.


14/06/2013
  

EFFAT Media Monitoring (June 2013, no. 1)
Your weekly update on the most important media coverage of labour and trade union issues in Europe
10/06/2013
  

PRESS RELEASE - Action day for fairer and social public procurement rules
On the morning of Tuesday 28 May 2013, 400 workers gathered outside the European Commission in Brussels to demand that the future directive on public procurement respects workers. At the same time, European Commission catering workers went on strike in support of the action.
29/05/2013
   

EFFAT Media Monitoring (May 2013, no. 4)
Your weekly update on the most important media coverage of labour and trade union issues in Europe
28/05/2013
  

Fact sheet: The case against food taxes according to the EU social partners in the food and drink industry
"We must ensure that all Europeans, including low-income earners, can access both a variety of fresh and healthy foods at affordable prices, and knowledge about nutrition and healthy lifestyles." – Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General Secretary
22/05/2013
     

Annual report on progress on equality between women and men in Europe

The annual report on progress on equality between women and men has just been released, together with a report on the application of the Charter on fundamental rights.

The report can be consulted here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/files/swd_2013_171_en.pdf (in English only)


13/05/2013
  
 Annual report on progress on equality between women and men

New Eurofound study can inform the work of the social partners in the EU food and drink sector

With the participation of the EFFAT secretariat, its food and drink affiliates, and FoodDrinkEurope, Eurofound has today published a representativeness study identifying the key industrial relations actors (that is, trade unions and employer organisations) in the EU food and drink sector, and how these actors relate to the sector’s European labour and business interest associations. The study provides important information for formalising the EU social dialogue in the food and drink sector and context for the work of the social partners.

Information arising from the study has already been used as background material in the joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope project on sustainable employment and competitiveness. It is also expected that the study will be of value to affiliates in their work.

Some key findings of the report are as follows:

  • All EU-27 countries record at least one sector-related trade union, while almost half (48.1%) have four or more.
  • In terms of the sector’s collective bargaining coverage, 10 of 21 countries with available data record at least a 50% rate of coverage. Moreover, nine of these 10 countries record a coverage rate of 80% or higher.
  • Countries with high collective bargaining coverage are mainly Scandinavian, together with some countries (Belgium and Austria, for instance) that usually record high rates of coverage in other sectors
  • A total of 115 sector-related employers’ organisations are identified in 24 countries, while three countries (Cyprus, Lithuania and Malta) have no sector employer association.
  • Genuine sector specific bodies have been established in 16 countries, with tripartite bodies in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and the UK.

10/05/2013
 

EFFAT Media Monitoring (May 2013, no. 2)
Your weekly update on the most important media coverage of labour and trade union issues in Europe
10/05/2013
  

PRESS RELEASE - Europe’s food industry workers and manufacturers reject food taxes in favour of a comprehensive approach to fight obesity
Discriminatory food taxes introduced by some EU member states to discourage the consumption of certain foods sidestep the larger challenge of encouraging consumers to adopt healthier lifestyles and pose a risk to the competitiveness of the food and drink industries of the EU, agree EU social partners in the food and drink industry.
07/05/2013
     
 Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope Position on Discriminatory Food Taxes (DE)
 Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope Position on Discriminatory Food Taxes (EN)
 Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope Position on Discriminatory Food Taxes (ES)
 Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope Position on Discriminatory Food Taxes (FR)
 Joint EFFAT-FoodDrinkEurope Position on Discriminatory Food Taxes (IT)

First ever European Citizens Initiative to make it!

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) on the 'Right2Water' has collected over 1.5 million signatures across Europe, and continues counting.

Eight countries have passed the minimum number of signatures required, including: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Slovenia.

This is the first ever ECI to have cleared all the hurdles of the legislation but the campaign will continue because there are several countries where only a few thousand signatures are needed to pass the threshold: Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands.

This ECI has the potential to enshrine the human right to water in legislation and is of particular concern to the sectors represented by EFFAT, as the right to the responsible use of water for agriculture makes it possible to enable the right of all people to food.

Since April 2012, ECIs have existed as a forum for citizens to put the issues of importance to them on the European political agenda.

Read more.


07/05/2013


Day of action on public procurement – Brussels, 28 May 2013

The inclusion of social considerations in EU legislation is of fundamental importance. Therefore, EFFAT and other European trade union federations are campaigning for a directive that supports fair competition based on the principle of quality and sustainability of products and services which should not result in a race to the bottom in working conditions.

As part of this campaign, UNI Europa, with the support of ETUC, EPSU, EFBWW and EFFAT, is organising a day of action to raise awareness among EU decision makers on the concrete consequences that a bad public procurement directive could entail for working conditions.


07/05/2013
   
 Flyer (FR)
 Flyer (NL)
 Letter to DG MARKT re action day on public procurement

PRESS RELEASE - Workers unite on May Day 2013
02/05/2013
 

EFFAT NEWS - February-April 2013

In the spotlight

  • Prolongation of sugar quota regime
  • Belgian ministers condemn social dumping in Germany
  • Enforcement Directive should protect posted workers
  • Psychosocial risk on sugar social dialogue agenda
  • European rally against austerity
  • EFFAT website launch
  • World Water Day
  • Commission commits to a Financial Transaction Tax
  • Workers' Memorial Day
  • Europe welcomes youth guarantee scheme
  • International Women's Day

22/04/2013
   

PRESS RELEASE - European labour exploitation hits rock bottom as unpaid migrant workers shot in Greece
19/04/2013
   

Water management and agriculture
European agriculture employs over 7 million agricultural workers. Good land management is impossible without sustainable water resources, which is why the trade unions in the agricultural sector are campaigning for water plans that set out social requirements for land use and should lead to the development of solutions for sustainable water management through the joint efforts of the main parties affected.
08/04/2013
   

Commission urges Member States to implement ILO domestic workers convention

The European Commission has presented a proposal for a Council Decision authorising Member States to ratify the International Labour Organisation 2011 Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers (Convention No. 189). Countries ratifying the ILO Convention agree to ensure fair and decent conditions for domestic workers by protecting their fundamental labour related rights, preventing abuse and violence and establishing safeguards for young domestic workers.

EU legislation already addresses some aspects covered by the ILO Convention. The Convention, however, is more precise than EU law in the coverage of domestic workers by legislation and in other particular aspects of domestic work.

The next meeting of the EFFAT Women’s Committee will continue discussion about what Europe can do to promote Convention 189.

Read more.

04/04/2013


International Workers’ Memorial Day 2013 – EFFAT calls on members to “mourn for the dead; fight like hell for the living”
International Workers’ Memorial Day, which falls annually on 28 April, is the largest annual health and safety event in the world and a timely occasion to campaign for a preventative approach to health and safety risks in the workplace, and better enforcement of health and safety laws.
03/04/2013
   

Norwegian Supreme Court: Employers liable to pay travel, board and lodging costs for posted workers

Last month, the Supreme Court of Norway reached a unanimous decision on the so-called 'shipyard case'. The Norwegian State and the trade unions won the case; the employers lost the case for the third time in a row. This Judgement brings an end to the three years court proceeding.

The Supreme Court decided that all posted workers are, in addition to the existing minimum working conditions, entitled to receive payment for travel, board and lodging expenses, which are included in the host country collective agreement. As such, the list of applicable working conditions (mentioned in the Posting of Workers Directive) is no longer a maximum list, but a minimum list of working conditions!

The Judgement should give a new impetus to the ongoing discussion regarding the Enforcement Directive related to the Posting of Workers Directive.

Read more: European Federation of Building and Woodworkers


03/04/2013


If we don’t change it NOW, the Enforcement Directive will become a Bolkestein Directive!
Request for support from all EFFAT affiliates to campaign for an Enforcement Directive that will protect posted workers’ rights
27/03/2013
   
  joint-letter-of-european-trade-union-federations-on-enforcement-directive-DE
 joint-letter-of-european-trade-union-federations-on-enforcement-directive-EN
 joint-letter-of-european-trade-union-federations-on-enforcement-directive-FR
 joint-letter-of-european-trade-union-federations-on-enforcement-directive-IT
 joint-letter-of-european-trade-union-federations-on-enforcement-directive-NL

PRESS RELEASE - Belgian ministers’ condemnation of Germany’s social dumping practices is reminder to act
26/03/2013
   

World Water Day 2013
EFFAT calls on members to promote the European Citizens’ Initiative on the “Right2Water”
20/03/2013
   

Final feasibility study on the setting up a European Sector Council on Employment and Skills in agriculture
Feasibility study for the EU co-financed project on the topic "Anticipating structural changes in agriculture: the possibility of setting up a European Sector Council"
19/03/2013

 Overview report on the feasibility study - September 2012
 Rapport de synthèse portant sur l'étude de faisabilité - septembre 2012
 Zusammenfassender Bericht über die Durchführbarkeitsstudie - September 2012

PRESS RELEASE - European Parliament delays the abolition of EU sugar quotas
13/03/2013
   

Job Vacancy - EFFAT Company Policy Officer
EFFAT is looking for a talented, self-starter to lead the organisation’s activities on Transnational Companies (TNCs) and European Works Councils (EWCs).
12/03/2013
   

International Women's Day 2013
EFFAT calls on affiliates to scale up implementation of the EFFAT Gender Equality Plan
08/03/2013
   

EFFAT campaign to extend the current sugar quota system is featured in The Parliament magazine
Read the coverage here.
06/03/2013


European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Action on 13-14 March 2013
Ahead of the European Summit scheduled for 14 and 15 March, the ETUC is organising a European trade union action on 13 and 14 March to reject austerity and call for more quality jobs for young people.

EFFAT strongly encourages affiliates to show support by taking part in the events organised by your confederations.
26/02/2013
   
 Belgian Leaflet - NL
 Demonstration Map - EN
 Demonstration Plan and Map - EN / FR
 ETUC Circular - EN
 ETUC Circular - FR
 ETUC Leaflet - EN
 ETUC Leaflet - FR
 ETUC Poster - EN
 ETUC Poster - FR

PRESS RELEASE - EU horsemeat scandal reveals danger of lowest-cost manufacturing
21/02/2013
 

The problem of illegal fishing and its relation to the exploitation of fish workers
Based on a study on illegal fishing and international law presented to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), Uilapesca, the main Italian trade union for fish workers, asks Italy to ratify the ILO Work in Fishing Convention, 2007.
19/02/2013
   

Joint demonstration of the Belgian trade unions - 21 February 2013
FOR THE RIGHT TO NEGOTIATION!
NO PAY FREEZE
NO DISCRIMINATION BETWEEN WORKERS
PRESERVATION OF INDEXATION

Information leaflets are attached (FR/NL).
19/02/2013

 Demonstration - FR - NL
 Demonstration - NL
 Journal of action - FR

EFFAT News
WINTER EDITION: November 2012-January 2013
05/02/2013
   

PRESS RELEASE - Parliament’s Agriculture Committee votes for stability in EU sugar sector
31/01/2013
      

EFFAT News
SPECIAL EDITION: European Demonstration against social dumping (January 2013)

Correction notice: A typographical error appeared in the previous edition of this newsletter published 24 January 2012. 'Cases of suffering' (p2) incorrectly reported that Romanian staff work up to 24 hours per day for a Danish company; the staff work up to 14 hours per day.
29/01/2013
   

EFFAT affiliates plan leafleting campaign for a sustainable cocoa industry
EFFAT affiliates in France and the Netherlands are continuing the fight for a sustainable cocoa supply chain – including a decent life for all workers in the supply chain, a sustainable environment and in particular, the abolition of forced child labour. Having already established a communication platform for European chocolate employees, the FGA-CFDT (France) and FNV Bondgenoten (The Netherlands) are now planning a leafleting campaign in companies to educate employees about sustainable development. The leaflets are attached (FR/NL).
28/01/2013

 FGA-CFDT leaflet 1 (FR)
 FGA-CFDT leaflet 2 (FR)
 FGA-CFDT leaflet 3 (FR)
 FNV leaflet 1 (NL)
 FNV leaflet 2 (NL)
 FNV leaflet 3 (NL)
 FNV leaflet 4 (NL)
 FNV leaflet 5 (NL)

EFFAT POSITION ON FOOD TAXES
Some EU Member States have recently introduced specific taxes that allegedly aim to discourage the consumption of certain foods and food ingredients, such as sugar, animal fat, artificial sweeteners, sparkling drinks, fast food and pastry. Other Member States are considering introducing similar taxes.
25/01/2013
    

PRESS RELEASE - Thousands take to Brussels' streets to demand equal pay for equal work
23/01/2013
   

STOP SOCIAL DUMPING!
EFFAT calls on the EU to take firm action to combat SOCIAL DUMPING in the form of pay and employment conditions and social protection. We demand APPROPRIATE HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES, PROPER INSPECTION and EFFECTIVE SANCTIONS. The future EU enforcement directive must include concrete measures that help to eliminate all forms of social fraud, gang masters, bogus self-employment and letterbox companies. The cheats and swindlers must be stopped.
15/01/2013
       

DEMONSTRATION against Social dumping and to reject the draft report on the Enforcement Directive on Posting of Workers-23 January 2013
Please find enclosed an urgent request for all EFFAT affiliates to support the demonstration against social dumping in Brussels on 23 January 2013 and to reject the draft report on the Enforcement Directive on the posting of workers. Please find attached leaflets and posters in multiple languages for use at the demonstration on 23 January 2013, and in your wider campaigns against social dumping. We encourage you to disseminate the leaflets and posters widely – through print, your websites, newsletters and social media profiles
15/01/2013
   
 DE-Leaflet
 DE-Poster
 DK-Poster
 EN-Leaflet
 EN-Poster
 ES-Poster
 FR-Leaflet
 FR-Poster
 HU-Poster
 IT-Leaflet
 KEY INFORMATION FOR DEMONSTRATION
 MAP EFFAT MEETING POINT
 NL-Leaflet
 NL-Poster
 PL-Leaflet
 PL-Poster
 RO-Poster
 SV-Leaflet

PRESS RELEASE: CAP Reform - EFFAT calls for link between agricultural subsidy caps and employment, training and innovation
06/12/2012
   

PRESS RELEASE: EFFAT agriculture sector calls for free movement and equal treatment of Croatian workers from the date of accession
06/12/2012
   

Call for tenders for the provision of services for the project on the social partners' full involvement in the CAP after 2013: a proactive approach for the development of employment
Call for proposals for the recruitment of outside experts for a European project cofunded by the EU, which main objective is to develop joined-up working between the CAP and the Europe 2O2O Strategy on jobs, health and training. Deadline to send the proposals: 17 December 2012.
03/12/2012
   

Right2Water
In recognition of the fact that around two million people in Europe still do not have access to water or sanitation services, EFFAT supports the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) on the 'Right2Water' and urges its affiliates to do the same. The ECI is of particular concern to the sectors represented by EFFAT, as the right to the responsible use of water for agriculture makes it possible to enable the right of all people to food.

Since April 2012, ECIs have existed as a forum for citizens to put the issues of importance to them on the European political agenda, by collecting one million signatures in at least seven member states.

EFFAT supports all key demands of this initiative, namely that:
1. all citizens in the EU should have access to water and sanitation services
2. the EU should stop its constant push for the liberalisation of water and sanitation services
3. the EU should do more to promote global access to water and sanitation services.

Along with the European Public Service Union (EPSU), the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), and Public Services International (PSI), EFFAT believes that this ECI presents a valuable opportunity to have the recognition of the human right to water issue enshrined in legislation.

EFFAT asks that all affiliates promote this ECI [www.right2water.eu] in their media and publications in order to gain as many signatures as possible from EU citizens before signatures close in July 2013.
03/12/2012


Call for tenders for a new EU co-funded project on the development of green jobs in agriculture
Call for proposals for the recruitment of outside experts for a new project cofunded by the EU, which main objective is to analyze the relationship between employment, new developments and green workplaces and to develop options to deal with it. Deadline for sending proposals: 17 December 2012
03/12/2012
   

We need a real Social Europe now!
22/11/2012
    

Fact sheet - The case for extending the Single Common Market Organisation (CMO) for Sugar
20/11/2012
  

EFFAT Media Monitoring (November 2012, no. 3)
Your weekly update on the most important media coverage of labour and trade union issues in Europe
19/11/2012
  

Commission's proposed quotas for female representation on boards should go further
EFFAT welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for legislation that will ensure women make up 40% of large company boards by 2020, but considers that the proposal is not far reaching enough.

“With boards currently dominated by men (85% of non-executive board members and 91% of executive board members are male), this is certainly an overdue moment for women across Europe,” said Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General Secretary.

The proposal demonstrates that appeals to companies to voluntarily increase women’s participation over the last decade have failed.

However, EFFAT considers that the proposed quota should also apply to other decision-making bodies within companies, such as supervisory boards.

Another weakness of the proposal is that it relies on self-regulation, rather than an enforcement mechanism. According to EFFAT, serious sanctions must be applied to companies that do not reach 40% representation of women on their boards.
19/11/2012


PRESS RELEASE - 14 November – EFFAT members declare European day of action a success
19/11/2012
   

EFFAT & EFBWW Press Release - Stop MEP Jazłowiecka's plan for more social dumping and exploitation
13/11/2012
   

14 November 2012: European Day of Action and Solidarity
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is calling for a European Day of Action and Solidarity on 14 November. The European trade union movement is mobilising in favour of employment and solidarity and against austerity.
13/11/2012
        

EFFAT NEWS September-October 2012
08/11/2012
   

PRESS RELEASE - CAP towards 2020: Extension of the Single CMO for sugar necessary to ensure a smart, sustainable and inclusive future for the sugar sector
06/11/2012
    

PRESS RELEASE - European Commission’s review on nanomaterials puts workers at risk
06/11/2012
   

Brochure The European Sectoral Social Dialogue for Agriculture from a Trade Union Perspective
For almost 50 years, the European Social Dialogue Committee for Agriculture has regularly brought together employer and worker representatives from European Union Member States to discuss the social problems faced by workers in the agricultural sector and to develop, call for and implement joint solutions to these problems. Europe’s agricultural social partners will mark the Committee’s half-centenary against the backdrop of the euro and financial crisis and the upcoming reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It is therefore a particularly good time to agree on future solutions and get to grips with the challenges ahead. The 50th anniversary of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Agriculture comes at a time when the future of the CAP in Europe is being contemplated. EFFAT is committed to ensuring that the voices of the agricultural social partners are heard during these discussions. The agricultural sectoral social dialogue is an autonomous social dialogue between employers’ associations and trade unions. It is conducted autonomously and is organised and supported by the European Commission.
29/10/2012
     

European trade union federations urge Europe to address not only its financial debt but its social debt
At a joint press conference held by EFFAT and other European trade union federations on 15 October 2012, EFFAT urged for investment and decent working conditions in EU food and drink manufacturing – the backbone of Europe’s economy.
17/10/2012
   

EFFAT supports the European Trade Union Confederation’s (ETUC) call: Europe must address its social debt
EFFAT and ETUC support a European Union that promotes good jobs, decent wages, social progress and social justice. We oppose the dismantling of our social model that serves as inspiration to workers throughout the world. We are serious about our demand that social rights should have priority over economic freedoms.
15/10/2012
  

Public Open Call for Tender: EU Budget Heading 04 03 03 01 Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue – EFFAT/FoodDrinkEurope joint action VP/2012/001/0021
Social Partners in the EU food and drink industry EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope are calling for expressions of interest from a contractor (or consortium of contractors) able to carry out an important piece of research within the framework of an EU-funded project under the heading DG Employment 01 ‘Industrial relations and social dialogue’, on the theme of “Sustainable employment and competitiveness: meeting the challenges of the labour market in the EU food and drink industry”.

Details of the research proposal and application and selection procedures are available in the tender specification (downloadable in EN as a pdf).
28/09/2012
 

European Parliament hears voice of meat workers on the posting of workers ‘Enforcement Directive’
Meat workers were represented at the European Parliament hearing of the 'Enforcement Directive' that seeks to increase the protection of workers temporarily posted abroad by improving monitoring of, and compliance with, Directive 96/71/EC on the posting of workers.

As member states are only required to comply with Directive 96/71/EC where minimum standards already exist in those countries, it fails to protect all meat workers, who do not necessarily have minimum wages throughout Europe. “Unfortunately, in some members states like Germany, there is no minimum wage for meat workers, meaning the industry attracts posted workers that can be exploited for cheap labour,” said Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General-Secretary.

Speaking on behalf of all trade unions, Werner Buelen, Political Secretary, European Federation of Building and Woodworkers said he sees the need for an 'Enforcement Directive' but noted a number of areas in which it must be strengthened.
18/09/2012
   

EFFAT to push forward proposal for the establishment of a European Sector Skills Council in agriculture
To ensure the European agriculture sector remains competitive in the future amid restructure and change, EFFAT members representing 12 member states met on 14 September 2012 and agreed to push forward a proposal to establish an agriculture-specific European Sector Skills Council.
14/09/2012
   

Social partners in the food and drink industry make progress on joint work plan
Following the launch of the Social Dialogue in the Food and Drink Industry in January 2012 by joint agreement of EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope, social partners met on 7 September 2012 to progress their work program priority of employability and competitiveness in the sector. Specifically, the partners agreed to undertake a study into the demographic profile and competencies of the sector, shared experiences of encouraging young entrants to the sector, and discussed a common position on food taxes.
07/09/2012
   

Preventing accidents in the hotel, restaurant and catering (HORECA) sector
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA) HORECA: The hotel, restaurant and catering sector
On the OSHA website you can find actual information on HORECA workers’ exposure to hazards and health risks, on prevention of accidents and promotion of workplace health in the hotel, restaurant and catering sector, as well as examples of good practices and other OSHA publications on the HORECA sector.

25/08/2012
   

Social dumping in the meat industry – meeting with the German labor minister
Franz Josef Möllenberg (NGG), Ole Wehlast (NNF) and Harald Wiedenhofer (EFFAT) met the German labor minister Ursula von der Leyen in Berlin on 26 June and informed her about the social dumping in the European meat industry and its causes. One of the reasons is that there is no minimum wage in Germany and that the German meat industry attracts workers with fictive contracts from Rumania and other East European countries, which are paid local rates. These practices encourage the abuse, discrimination and exploitation of employees in the German meat industry. In neighboring countries such as Denmark, Belgium, France or the Netherlands, proper wages are paid according to the collective bargaining agreements. As a result, the employers of these EU countries complain about the unfair competition of German employers. We pointed out to the minister the widespread existence of "false" -work contracts, and called for stronger inspection and support for the enforcement of collective agreements - or as an alternative- requested the establishment of a legal minimum wage in Germany. It was agreed that the German labor minister would meet the German meat industry in a round table discussion together with the social partners in order to discuss the problems of the social dumping and the unfair competition.
21/08/2012


Social Partners of the European Food and Drink industry rely on a sustainable, competitive and innovative CAP reform
Just over six months after the launch of the European Social Dialogue for the food and drink Industry, EFFAT (European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Union) and FoodDrinkEurope outline their common priorities on the reform of the CAP (Common Agriculture Policy). Both partners recognise the importance of the EU agricultural sector in terms of sustainable production, Europe’s food security, rural employment, and landscape preservation, and ask that adequate support is allocated to the sector: In their joint statement FoodDrinkEurope and EFFAT identified seven issues of relevance that need to be addressed in the ongoing reform of the CAP towards 2020, all of which have an impact on Europe’s food and drink sector: 1. The safety and quality of EU agriculture and food products, in addition to promoting the key role played by farmers and workers in bringing safe food to market through appropriate training measures; 2. The contribution of the CAP to the EU2020 Strategy[1] in delivering a productive EU agricultural sector, featuring decent employment and good working conditions and environmental sustainability; 3. The investment in innovation, research and knowledge transfer in EU agriculture; 4. The need to enhance the attractiveness of EU agriculture for young people; 5. The drive to improve the functioning of the EU food supply chain towards fairer commercial relations among its operators; 6. The need for coherence between the CAP and other EU policies, among others the EU2020 Strategy, the EU Employment Strategy, and the Agenda for New Skills and New Jobs; and finally, 7. The need for a comprehensive impact assessment of measures within the CAP related to employment, agricultural production and the food and drink industry. EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope will now work together to input into the legislative process by actively promoting their joint priorities.
26/07/2012
 
 EFFAT - Food Drink Europe - Joint Statement on CAP

New joint multisectoral statement of social partners on public procurement
Social partners in cleaning, private security and catering sectors adopted a common position on the revised directive on public procurement calling for the elimination of the lowest price criteria On 3 July 2012, the European social partners of the cleaning (UNI Europa/EFCI), contract catering (EFFAT/FERCO) and private security (UNI Europa/CoESS) sectors, submitted a joint position paper on the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on public procurement that was sent to all relevant contacts in the European Institutions (see attached, EN only). They welcomed the report of IMCO (Internal Market and Consumers Protection Committee of the European Parliament, the leading Committee for this initiative) and the opinion EMPL (Employment and Social Affairs Committee), and they expressed their support to the proposed amendments which integrate many of the social partners’ concerns and demands as regards the inclusion and the reinforcement of social considerations in public procurement and in particular the elimination of the lowest price option, the respect of social legislation and collective agreements including the respect of the employment terms and conditions applied in the place where the service or the work is performed. The social partners believe their contribution will provide further insights and perspectives to the ongoing discussions and help achieve the underlying objectives of the proposed directive, and to allow for greater strategic use of public procurement while increasing the efficiency of public spending.
04/07/2012
 
 Joint Statement of the European social partners on Public Procurement

European Meat Conference Denounces Abuse of Workers
Wage dumping and the abuse of subcontracted labour in German slaughterhouses create unfair competition in the European meat industry. This has been destroying jobs for many years - not only in Germany, but also in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. European trade unions representing meat workers call on the German government to finally introduce a mandatory, universal, national minimum wage that will prevent employers from undercutting wages by creating bogus self-employment and misusing service contracts, and which will make it possible to check undeclared work. The trade unions have further agreed to step up their Europe-wide cooperation within EFFAT to combat social dumping and unfair competition, with a view to finally ensuring humane work and employment conditions throughout the European meat industry.
28/06/2012
   

EFFAT Project "Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel & restaurant chains" - PART 1: Reserach on business models of transnational hotel chains
Calls for tenders for the EFFAT project co financed by the EU “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights”. This call for tenders is only available in English. Please pass the call for tenders on to potential service providers such as trade union research institutes, etc. Deadline for sending offers: 15 June 2012
01/06/2012
 

EFFAT Project "Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel & restaurant chains"-PART 4: Mapping of workforce & workers' representation in transnational hotel chains in Europe
Calls for tenders for the EFFAT project co financed by the EU “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights”. This call for tenders is only available in English. Please pass the call for tenders on to potential service providers such as trade union research institutes, etc. Deadline for sending offers: 15 June 2012
01/06/2012
 

EFFAT Project “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights” - Part 2: Mapping of transnational hotel chains in Europe
Calls for tenders for the EFFAT project co financed by the EU “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights”. This call for tenders is only available in English. Please pass the call for tenders on to potential service providers such as trade union research institutes, etc. Deadline for sending offers: 15 June 2012
01/06/2012
 

EFFAT Project “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights” - Part 3: Research on legal implications of ownership / legal structure on workers’ information and c
Calls for tenders for the EFFAT project co financed by the EU “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights”. This call for tenders is only available in English. Please pass the call for tenders on to potential service providers such as trade union research institutes, etc. Deadline for sending offers: 15 June 2012
01/06/2012
 

EFFAT Position on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund 2012
On 13 July 2011, the European Commission presented its proposals for the reform of the EU common fisheries policy and, on 2 December 2011, it proposed a new fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies for the period 2014-2020: the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF). EFFAT, which represents employees of the European fish processing and canning industry as well as freshwater and marine aquaculture workers, has now shared its position on the reform with members of the EU Parliament PECH Committee, with the ECOSOC Rapporteurs charged of the reform and with the Policy Unit of DG Mare. The position was adopted by the last EFFAT Executive Committee on 17 April 2012.
15/05/2012
 
 EN - EFFAT Position Common Fisheries Policy and Fund Reform 2012
 ES - EFFAT Position Common Fisheries Policy and Fund Reform 2012
 IT - EFFAT Position Common Fisheries Policy and Fund Reform 2012

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10/04/2012
   

EFFAT project “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights
Call for tenders for a new EFFAT project co financed by the EU “Changing ownership patterns in transnational hotel and restaurant chains and their impact on workers’ information and consultation rights”. This call for tenders is only available in English. Please pass the call for tenders on to potential service providers such as trade union research institutes, etc. Deadline for sending offers: 28 February 2012
07/02/2012
   

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PRESS RELEASE - Sodexo food poisoning incident reveals danger of lowest cost procurement
18/10/2012
   

PRESS RELEASE - European workers are paying the price for a debt crisis they didn't cause
16/10/2012
   

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SUGAR EU SOCIAL DIALOGUE work plan 2012-2013: inventory of initiatives tackling stress in the workplace in the EU sugar industry
Dear Colleagues, EFFAT and CEFS invite their member organisations in the sugar industry and European Work Councils to provide information on the initiatives that they have carried out so far or plan to launch to tackle work-related stress issues in EU sugar companies. You can send a short report, presentation and/or related material to one of the contacts listed below by 15 September 2012: for worker organisations: Daria Cibrario, EFFAT Food Drink and Tobacco Sector Political Secretary, d.cibrario@effat.org for employer organisations and companies: Oscar Ruiz de Imaña, CEFS Deputy Director General, oscar.ruiz@cefs.org. The material collected will be compiled into a report and affiliates will be invited to speak about their initiatives in the next EU Social Dialogue Plenary, which will take place on 28 February 2013. Once the inventory has been completed, the EU sugar social partners will decide on further steps to be taken jointly in this field.
02/07/2012
  
 ES - Inventory of Stress at the Workplace Initiatives in the EU Sugar Industry
 IT - Inventory of Stress at the Workplace Initiatives in the EU Sugar Industry
 PL - Inventory of Stress at the Workplace Initiatives in the EU Sugar Industry

The position of social partners on CAP and Sugar Reform-Towards 2020
In the frame of their longstanding social dialogue tradition, the European Committee of Sugar Producers (CEFS) and the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors (EFFAT) held their annual plenary meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for sugar on 28 February 2012. The objective of the meeting was to examine the major economic challenges facing the European sugar industry and their potential social consequences.
28/02/2012
   

Enough is enough: 29 February European Action Day
In the face of a worsening economic and social situation and the ever-tougher austerity measures being imposed by Europe’s leaders through a new treaty as the only solution, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has called for a European day of action on 29 February, the eve of the European Council. Trade unions mobilised across Europe to have jobs and social justice placed at the heart of political priorities. Decentralised actions: http://www.etuc.org/a/9648
17/02/2012
   

Unite Meat Workers Take Strike Action at Vion Foods
UNITE members at the Cambuslang site of Vion, in Scotland, have voted massively in favour of strike action and will now walk out on 20th February - in the first in a series of strikes relating to a pay dispute. The site is one of approximately 40 UK sites owned by the Dutch TNC Vion, the largest meat processing company in Europe.
17/02/2012
   

European Unilever Workers Stand Together to say ‘Unilever – don’t make workers pay for your profits!’
European Unilever workers will protest on Thursday 16th February to make a stand against opportunistic cost cutting following an attack on the pensions of UK Unilever workers. A demonstration will take place outside the Unilever HQ in Rotterdam on 16th February at 12:00. Unilever unions from around Europe and beyond are supporting the protest in a statement of solidarity that will be handed to Unilever management. Unilever workers will also be raising the issue in their workplaces.
15/02/2012
   

European Social Partners EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope launch European Social Dialogue in the Food and Drink Industry
At their first plenary meeting, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and FoodDrinkEurope signed today a joint agreement to start social dialogue in the European food and drink industry, under the auspices of the European Commission. The setting up of the Committee stems from Recommendation 18 adopted in 2009 by the “High Level Group for the Competitiveness of the Agro Food Industry”, a multi-stakeholder forum which regroups EU Institutions as well as business and civil society actors along the EU food supply chain.
24/01/2012
   

Draft opinion of agricultural workers on the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013
This draft has still to be discussed within the agricultural affiliates. The draft will be updated in February/March 2012 and the final one will be adopted end of April 2012 at the conference in Bratislava.
20/01/2012
     

Living and working conditions of seasonal and migrant agricultural workers
It is impossible to take into account their skills and their experience and this is the reason why salaries are low for workers coming from other member States. A significant number of workers from Eastern Europe have higher vocational skills but in a different sector and the seasonal work over a period of years entails a downgrade in their professional career and prevents them from finding a more stable job.
19/01/2012
   
 Condizioni di vita sul lavoro dei lavoratori agricoli stagionali e migranti

Message from EFFAT President, Bruno VANNONI
The two recent crises have brought about new challenges for Europe. Whether economic,political or trade union-related, we must confront these challenges because they concern the future of social democracy. Successive attacks against individual countries and the Euro are exacerbating the situation and creating a tension which is spreading everywhere, fuelling scepticism among Europe’s citizens about their future and that of Europe.
15/12/2011
   

Call for tenders for a new EU co-funded project on: Anticipating structural changes in agriculture: the possibility of setting up a European Sector Council to have a positive impact on jobs
This call for proposals is available in English and French only. Deadline to send the bids: 23 December 2011 - 1pm
08/12/2011
   

Press Release: European workers join together to tell Unilever - hands off British pensions!
Representatives of Unilever's entire European workforce sent a joint message of solidarity to their colleagues in the UK today and insisted that the company must scrap its plans to axe their final salary pension scheme. Unilever, the food and household goods giant, whose brands include Ben and Jerry's, Lipton, Hellmann's, Axe, Dove and Cif is pushing through plans to downgrade the UK company’s pension scheme in a way that will see the retirement income of thousands of its staff slashed by up to 40 per cent.
08/12/2011
   
 Speech Rede Hermann-Unilever EWC Chairman

Don’t let the fat cats blame the workers!
Workers in Europe are outraged and indignant at the austerity measures being taken, and therefore trade unions are organising days of action in Portugal and Bulgaria on 24 November, followed by days of action in the United Kingdom and across Europe on 30 November and in Greece on 1 December, in Belgium on 2 December, in Hungary on 3 December and in France on 13 December. Echoing comments made at the meeting on European Works Councils in Madrid on 24 November, EFFAT General Secretary Harald Wiedenhofer noted: “It is clear that our affiliates are fed up with the injustices that have been perpetrated in the context of this crisis. Extremely rich members of powerful elites in finance, politics and business spent the last decade promoting disastrous neo-liberal policies. Now it has all gone wrong and they want to make working people and their families sacrifice their modest incomes to clean up the mess. Worse still, some of them are trying to use the crisis as an opportunity to undermine the rights that ordinary workers have fought for and achieved over the last century and to exploit financial vulnerabilities they have created in order to further line their pockets. These unethical and cynical attacks must be completely rejected by all.”
29/11/2011


Call for tenders for a new project entitled: Quality jobs in sustainable agriculture and an upgraded image
Call for tenders for a new project co-funded by the EU Commission on "Quality jobs in sustainable agriculture and an upgraded image". This call for tenders is only available in French and English. Deadline to send the tenders: 13 December 2011
28/11/2011
    

EFFAT Newsletter September-October
"On 7 September 2011, EFFAT and Food Drink Europe (former CIAA) reached an agreement on the prospective terms of reference for EU Social Dialogue in the Sector." Read more in EFFAT Newsletter.
14/11/2011
   

Seasonal Workers are People, not Commodities
In the European Parliament on the 10th November, EFFAT reminded the Socialist-Democrat Group Seminar dealing with proposals for seasonal employment and intra-corporate transfer directives that seasonal workers are people, not commodities, and that equal treatment at work needs to assured. Most seasonal workers in the EU are in the agriculture and tourism sectors. If we give third-country workers access to seasonal work in the territory of the European Union they must enjoy the same rights and pay as their fellow workers from the EU.
14/11/2011
   

2010 Study on undeclared work in European agriculture
10/11/2011
   

Commissioner László Andor tells union leaders in food, agriculture and tourism that precarious work is “an alarming trend” that needs to be addressed alongside unemployment
László Andor, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, described the rise of precarious workers in Europe as “an alarming trend” that needs to be addressed along side youth and structural unemployment. Citing examples from EFFAT sectors including the meat processing industry he warned of the dangers of a “race to the bottom” if political actors do not take the issue seriously while rising unemployment and pressure towards fiscal consolidation are competing for their attentions. He also emphasized his support for decent minimum wages."
04/11/2011
   

Principles of good practice in vertical relationships in the food chain
Within the B2B Platform of the High Level Forum for the Competitiveness of the EU Food Supply Chain, the retailer and food producer representative organizations – including Food Drink Europe - cooperated to issue draft “Principles of good practice in vertical relationships in the food chain”. EFFAT is part of this platform and was requested to comment on the draft Principles and to illustrate its views on an implementation and monitoring mechanisms. EFFAT has drawn on multiple occasions the Commission’s attention to the trickledown effect that unfair B2B practices can entail on workers. EFFAT’s written comments point to the fact that “whenever unfair B2B practices take place, food growers and processors are squeezed and operators are placed in asymmetric market power relations. As a result, employees in agriculture and in the food industry are among the first to pay the price, as their employers will seek, in turn, to reduce labour costs to cope with the squeeze”. EFFAT also made concrete cases to illustrate such phenomenon, also drawing on affiliate input on this issue, especially the FNV Bongenoten and Livs. As per the implementation and monitoring system, EFFAT suggested that “an independent, EU-level Ombudsman-like agency could best serve the purpose of the Principles” and that such agency should “take into account Decent Work and employment conditions of food and agriculture workers along the chain” as a key factor in the assessment and remedial action. The High Level Forum will report on 29 November on the concrete results and follow up of its initiatives.
24/10/2011


Call for tenders for a new project cofunded by the EU on coordination between social security bodies
Call for tenders for a new project co-financed by the EU on EFFAT contribution to the development of coordination between social security bodies and to the improvment of information in the agricultural sector. This call for tenders is only available in English and French. Deadline for sending offers: 4th November 2011
21/10/2011
   

Brochure: Posting of workers in the European agricultural sector - 10 contributions for the protection of workers
08/09/2011
   

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