Fisheries is one of the most complex industries, employing workers on sea and land. For this reason, the ETF which represents fishers will collaborate with the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) on a joint project. EFFAT represents workers in the aquaculture and fish processing sectors.

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The key goal of this project is to establish a joint vision of how to boost and defend workers’ occupational interests all along the fishery supply chain.

We are taking a long-term approach, looking at both the implementation of the existing CFP and how to influence the development of the new CFP post-2020

ETF said.

The partners will be focusing on three core topics:

  • Market, trade and international dimensions of EU fisheries;
  • Health and safety, working conditions, organising and collective bargaining in the fish industry;
  • Fisheries management and financial instrument.

As for the project, it is organised around four main events. Three will be thematic seminars analyzing various policy areas of the CFP and the ways they can be improved to better consider of social questions. The seminars will take place in Spain, Italy and France. The final conference will be in Brussels.