European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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A sustainable Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) underpins fair treatment of workers in the fish supply chain


A sustainable Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is really in place when workers, from fishers, to aquaculture and food processing staff, are fairly treated  throughout the whole fish supply chain.

Unions' role is paramount as it eases workers' organization, collective bargaining and the achievement of overall better conditions especially in the space of health and safety.

The latter was the focus of the second meeting of the ETF-EFFAT project “Workers’ organisations’ participation in the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sector" which took place on 14-15 November in Mestre (Venice)

Further to the sharing of best practices, key priorities were identified - from strengthening inspection and enforcement of existing laws around health and safety to implementing basic safety training. In particular the importance of improving and clarifying the regulatory framework via a grassroots bottom-up approach was emphasised, hardwiring this approach into the CFP that ensures that every policy considers the impact on workers' health and safety.

The project gathers trade unions representing fishermen as well as aquaculture and fish processing workers. Its key objective is to develop a joint vision on how to promote and defend workers’ occupational interests in the implementation of the existing CFP and in the élaboration of a new CFP post 2020 all along the fishery supply chain.

A third thematic seminar dedicated to Fisheries management and financial instrument will take place in February 2019 in France in  Boulogne-sur-Mer. The seminars are facilitated by an external group of CFP experts. They assist the participants in developing the strategy for the CFP post 2020.

EFFAT and ETF will present a joint vision during a final conference in Brussels in Autumn 2019.


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.