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.
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.
16 March 2022
Joint HOTREC-EFFAT statement on Ukraine
HOTREC and EFFAT, the European social partners in the hospitality sector, condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and deplore the loss of lives and the human suffering. The attack is a flagrant violation of international laws and agreements, and of Ukraine’s territorial integrity as a sovereign and democratic state.
2 March 2022
HOTREC position on a proposal for a Directive on "Improving working conditions in platform work"
HOTREC position paper on a proposal for a Directive on "Improving working conditions in platform work"
9 March 2022
EU Pay Transparency proposal: sectoral employers' organisations suggest a more balanced approach
Employers consider pay discrimination unacceptable and they are fully committed to promoting equal opportunities and equal remuneration. Despite this, the sectors fear that the Commission’s proposal on pay transparency does not address the root causes of the gender pay gap. Instead, it challenges social partners’ autonomy, businesses’ competitiveness, and the role of the Member States