Meeting of the EFFAT Meat Coordinating Committee 24 April 2014

On Thursday 24 April, the EFFAT meat coordinating committee met in Brussels and agreed to focus their campaign on

  1. Sharing information on collective bargaining and wages
  2. Assisting organizing precarious workers. 
  3. Exploring what can be done to oblige the user companies to fulfill their legal and human rights obligations
  4. Exploring what can be done to ensure fair contractual relationships in the meat supply chain and in particular explore what to be done to ensure big retailers/supermarkets source and sell socially responsible products (“behind the label” type campaign) and do not squeeze their supply chains to maximize their own profits

The next meeting of the committee will take place on Thursday 9 October in Brussels. Collective bargaining and wages will be on the agenda. In the current situation of austerity policies, strengthening unions’ coordination of collective bargaining is more and more necessary. The debt crisis, labour market deregulation, cuts and freezes of wages - all increase the risk of playing the workers of one country off against the others, especially in collective negotiating rounds.

Who attended the meat coordinating committee?

Country

Organisation

Family name

Belgium

ACV-CSC

Kris FORTIE

FGTB-HORVAL

Eddy GERLO

Denmark

NNF

Steen KARLSEN

France

FGTA-FO

Michel KERLING

Switzerland

IUF

James RITCHIE

The Netherlands

FNV Bondgenoten

John KLIJN

UK

UNITE THE UNION

Scot WALKER

Secretariat

EFFAT

Harald WIEDENHOFER

Estelle BRENTNALL

 

If you need more information, please contact the EFFAT Secretariat effat@effat.org.