The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has an admirable goal: to preserve and sustainably manage Europe’s fragile fish stocks. However, the CFP has tended to focuses almost exclusively on environmental questions, and never paid sufficient attention to the human aspects of a sustainable fish supply chain. Workers’ and their communities also deserve to be a priority in the EU’s fisheries policy.
The journey from sea to plate is a complex network of industries, employing workers on sea and land. That is why the ETF, which represents fishers, has joined with the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) for a joint project. EFFAT represents workers in the aquaculture and fish processing sectors.
The key objective of this project is to develop a joint vision of how to promote and defend workers’ occupational interests all along the fishery supply chain. We are taking a long-term approach, looking at both the implementation of the existing CFP and how to influence the development of the new CFP post-2020.
We are focusing on three core topics:
The project is organised around four main events:
Member organisations of ETF and EFFAT who represent workers in the relevant sectors are the target group for the seminars.