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.
13 September 2022
Legal migration package: one step to fight labour shortages
We welcome the European Commission package on legal migration presented on 27 April 2022 and we believe it can be part of the solution to overcome the labour shortages facing the hospitality sector.
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.
17 March 2022
EU Pay Transparency proposal: Sectoral employers’ organisations urge the plenary to endorse a more balanced approach on Pay Transparency
The European employers’ organisations, Ceemet (MET industries), Geopa (agriculture), Hotrec (hospitality) and EFCI (cleaning and facility services) regret the outcome of the vote at the EMPL and FEMM committee’s on the Commission’s proposal on pay transparency.