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.
9 June 2021
Adequate Minimum Wages proposal: several sectors discuss impact of the proposal with EU representatives
In a technical seminar trade union and sector employers’ representatives agreed that influencing wage setting undermines collective bargaining systems and does not respect statutory minimum wage systems. The speakers are concerned with the legal basis proposed by the Commission.
21 April 2021
HOTREC Position Paper on 'Pay Transparency Directive'
New HOTREC Position Paper on 'Pay Transparency Directive' now available!
5 May 2021
Minimum wage initiative lacks legal basis: it must respect the autonomous role of social partners in wage-setting as well as statutory minimum wages
European employers’ organisation of the tech & industry, security industry, banking, chemicals, cleaning & facility services, retail & wholesale, construction, agriculture, hotel & gastronomy and private employment services industry are concerned about the implications of the proposal for a Directive on adequate minimum wages.
2 December 2020
HOTREC position paper on "Adequate minimum wages"
HOTREC takes note of the Commission proposal for a Directive on “Adequate minimum wages in the European Union” (COM(2020)682 final).