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.
21 November 2023
Social partners united: Education and Training are key for future-ready hospitality jobs
Brussels, 21 November 2023 – Against the backdrop of the European Year of Skills, HOTREC and EFFAT hosted an event at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels centred around the theme, "Education and Training: the driving force of skilled hospitality workers in Europe."
30 August 2023
Upfront EU-wide criteria needed to maintain self-employment in Europe
30 August 2023 - IRU, HOTREC and CEEMET – representing road transport operators, hospitality and metal, engineering, and technology-based industries – have called upon legislators to agree on upfront EU-wide criteria to determine the existence of an employment relationship in the Platform Workers Directive, as provided in the Council’s General Approach.
30 August 2023
HOTREC, CEEMET and IRU letter | 30 August 2023
28 August 2023
HOTREC views for a compromise: Proposal for a Directive on Platform Work
HOTREC's new position on a Proposal for a Directive on Platform Work is now available.
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.