In 2005, the BITS and the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism Sectors and Allied Branches (EFFAT) signed a joint declaration in order to ensure a stronger collaboration.
Access to leisure, holidays and tourism for as many people as possible and the implementation of this objective and of the related means by actors who are responsible are values shared by BITS and EFFAT.
Trade union organisations, thanks to which a large number of workers can now enjoy paid holidays – a vital pre-condition for tourism – were in fact involved in the establishment of BITS and played an important and historic role in developing “holidays for all” in many countries and more particularly in Europe.
The values shared by BITS and EFFAT also concern the state of working conditions of employees in the tourism sector. This matter is laid down in the Montreal Declaration adopted by BITS in 1996, Article 14 of which states that “Personnel management is in accordance with social legislation, and undertakes to promote job satisfaction and deliver appropriate on-going staff development training”.
Based on these considerations and on the various meetings and contacts that have taken place between the two organisations, notably via the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) to which EFFAT is affiliated and with which BITS has a cooperation agreement, the two organisations would like to take a step forward and formalise their relationship in order to be able to cope with the new challenges arising in the tourism sector.