European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
Together for decent work and fair pay from farm to fork

European co-funded project in support of agricultural seasonal workers

Agriculture President Antonio Perianes meeting with seasonal workers
With the financial support of the European Commission DG EMPL and its member organizations, the EFFAT agriculture sector has conducted EU project Combining competitiveness, quality employment and job security for seasonal workers in agriculture - enhancing the sector’s appeal.
The outcome documents can be found below (available in FR/EN/DE): 
1.  Project information
2. EU Seasonal Work Directive
3. Survey of trade unions and seasonal workers in Europe
4. A European Trade Union Charter for seasonal workers
You will also find the experts’ report which was discussed at the conference in Alsace in July 2015 and validated in September 2015 at the last Steering Committee meeting in Amsterdam. The initial aims of the project were reached and the expected results have been achieved successfully, namely:
1. Equal treatment for seasonal workers, whatever their origin
The results are shown on the dedicated website, available in three languages,
Among the outcomes, we would like to highlight the good practices developed by our member organizations in:
- Austria (PRO GE): minimum wage of 6hour
- Italy (FLAI-CGIL): study on Agricultura e lavoro migrante in Puglia – Liberi dal caporalato – Liberi dallo sfruttamento and support for seasonal workers living in slavery-type conditions to prosecute employers acting unlawfully 
- Netherlands (FNV): support to seasonal workers’ legal action against employers who violated their rights  
- FRY Macedonia (AgroSindikat): legal frame-work agreement for organising and protecting Macedonian workers deployed to Montenegro 
2. Securing seasonal workers’ professional career paths: a number of projects were successfully developed, such as making it possible to recruit seasonal workers with an open-ended, multi-activity and multi-employer contract.
3. Drafting the European Trade Union Charter for seasonal workers. See doncument 4 attached 
4. Proposing a definition of seasonal work at EU level, which we believe is a pre-requisite to the European Charta.
We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of this project, namely: 
- European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion for its financial support 
- All member organisations in the EFFAT Agriculture Sector, and particularly partner member organisations in this project from Spain (FEAGRA-CCOO, FITAG-UGT), Italy (FAI-CISL, FLAI-CGIL), France (FGA-CFDT) and Germany (PECO-Institut)
- The Réseau Projectives experts

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. 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.