The European Hospitality industry directly employs 10 million workers.
Therefore, EU measures relating to social affairs are important areas of interest for the industry.
Over the years the EU has adopted a large number of legislative measures in the area of social policy. The most important ones fall under the headings of:
- Organisation of work;
- Consultation and information of workers;
- Health and safety of workers;
- Equal treatment in the workplace; and
- Work life balance.
Since many years, HOTREC is engaged in a sectoral social dialogue at EU level with its trade union counterpart - EFFAT.
EFFAT and HOTREC have worked on a number of issues of common interest, including:
- "Sharing economy”
- The impact of reduced VAT on employment;
- European Qualification and Skills Passport for the Hospitality sector
- Trends in the hospitality industry.
EFFAT and HOTREC are working together in the development of an OIRA (Online Interactive Risk Assessment) tool for the hospitality sector under the umbrella of OSHA (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work).
As recognised social partner, HOTREC is also consulted by the European Commission, pursuant to article 154 TFEU , before the Commission makes proposal.
27 March 2023
Joint statement from employers on the European Parliament Motion for Resolution on Strengthening the Social Dialogue
The European sectoral employers’ organisations are strongly involved and committed to a constructive sectoral social dialogue at the European and national level. Therefore, we would like to provide joint input on the draft Motion for a Resolution currently discussed in the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee.
6 December 2022
Let’s preserve the status of the real self-employed!
Major industry representatives call for a balanced and proportionate approach on the Platform Workers Directive.
3 November 2022
We are not platforms! Industries deeply concerned by EU proposal
Joint statement on the Platform Work directive
19 September 2022
Labour shortages in the hospitality sector: forward-thinking and practices sharing
The hospitality sector provides 11 million jobs in EU27 and highly contributes to the EU economy. Nevertheless, the sector is now facing labour shortages to an unprecedented extent.