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Contract catering



European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) (2000)




European Federation of Contract Catering Organisations (FERCO)(1990)


Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC)

Informal working group:



2007 (35th committee)

Internal Rules:

9 October 2007

Work Programme:

2007 - 2008 - 2009

General overview

“Contract catering” refers to situations where a company or authority outsources its catering services to a specialist firm.

Participants and challenges

Companies in the contract catering sector project a brand image focusing on their “social” and local role – providing services for authorities, schools, the elderly, etc. – but this image masks the presence of what are mostly huge multinational corporations: Sodexo, Compass, Aramark and others.


The contract catering social partners adopted 11 joint texts between 1998 and 2010. The bulk of them (7 out of 11) reflect their points of view and joint opinions on European Union economic and sectoral policies. But reciprocal commitments make an appearance too.

Joint texts

The “contract catering” sectoral social dialogue has resulted, since 1998, in the adoption of 11 joint texts.

ETUI and Observatoire Social Européen (2010) European Sectoral Social Dialogue Factsheets. Project coordinated by Christophe Degryse, online publication available at www.worker-participation.eu/EU-Social-Dialogue/Sectoral-ESD