Partnering with workers

As the largest manufacturing industry in Europe, the food and drink industry is also the biggest employer – with a workforce of more than 4.6 million. The industry has developed strong relations with workers and trade unions and we pride ourselves on continuing constructive dialogue.

FoodDrinkEurope participates in a formal social dialogue with the trade union for food, agriculture and tourism workers – EFFAT. Ensuring human rights and health and safety at work is vital for all employers.

As part of our commitment to the people who work in our industry, FoodDrinkEurope is also a leading member of the EU Pact For Skills for the Agri-Food Ecosystem. The Pact For Skills is an EU programme to support the skills development of workers in the agri-food chain.

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As part of a European Social Dialogue, FoodDrinkEurope has joined with trade union EFFAT, to identify bottlenecks in recruiting new and skilled employees and to tackle challenges arising when companies have an ageing workforce.

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