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.

Kerstin Howald

Tourism is growing and workers deserve their fair share!

Tourism is growing and workers deserve their fair share!

7 November marks European Tourism Day. Today, once again, the EU champions one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of the European economy, accounting for 10% of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 7% of world exports and one in ten jobs worldwide. Tourism is one...

A Global Week of Action to call for #Fairhousekeeping!

A Global Week of Action to call for #Fairhousekeeping!

Hotel housekeepers and their unions will be taking action around the globe in the week of 8-14 October 2018. This year, unions will be focusing on the need for negotiated measures to tackle the routine sexual harassment which threatens housekeepers’ safety and...

Tourism events

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EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, also representing domestic workers. 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.