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Social rights : European civil servants in trouble

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  In 2016, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) dismissed three elected staff representatives, all of them members of the staff union. Three other staff representatives were aggressively demoted in 2015 and 2016. Over the past four years five staff members of the EPO have committed suicide. Sheltering behind its immunity, the EPO has refused any independent enquiry by the local authorities concerned with regard to the circumstances An article published in February 2016 on the French website “Novethic” (promoting social responsibility in enterprises) reports on the serious mental health risks for staff in the EPO and the [...]

Digital Burnout: how to prevent iBurn?

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The recent Union Syndicale leaflet on the 'Right to Disconnect' resulted in a very high number of alarming emails from staff who expressed serious concern on their experience of and fears for “digital burnout”. Several colleagues also reported pressure from their line managers who expected them to be reachable at all times, including during evenings, weekends and holidays. This situation is against the Staff Regulations and does not allow to fully disengaging from work and results in the feeling of being constantly tracked. Union Syndicale invites the administration to carefully read some of the key messages received from staff (without [...]

Shaping the world of work in the digital economy

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For better or worse, the digitalisation of the economy has become an unavoidable theme in political and social debates. This new industrial revolution is predicted to disrupt the processes of production, the world of work and society at large. How can we prepare for this and how can we anticipate its effects? In June 2016, the ETUI’s three-day conference in Brussels brought together the best experts on social issues related to the digitalisation of the economy, a theme that is still difficult to grasp in terms of its specific implications. In dedicating its first issue to this conference and its [...]

US-Consilium launches a consultation on the right to disconnect

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The impossibility of disconnecting from work completely can affect mental and physical health seriously, which is why several Member States have taken steps to guarantee the 'right to disconnect', as in France (Labour Act - French only). Many studies (such as the Eurofound report) show in fact that today the line between office and private life is becoming increasingly blurred and that it is more and more difficult to get away from work.  One can certainly leave the office physically, but one never really leaves work.  Emails, text messages, WhatsApp messages and Messenger messages invade home life.  The impossibility of [...]

A Committee on Prevention and Protection in the Workplace at the Service of the Staff

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Like other public and private organisations, the Commission was required to set up a Committee on prevention and protection in the workplace, known as the CPPT. The CPPT is a joint advisory committee made up of representatives of the staff and the administration which is tasked with researching and submitting proposals to prevent and correct issues in the areas of safety, hygiene and health of the staff. The Brussels CPPT monitors the impact of the new working conditions and deals with office space planning and design, harassment, professional health issues, the asbestos dossier, the Commission’s responsibilities under Belgian legislation, [...]

Harassment and Court Procedures

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Harassment and court procedures Our Staff Regulations did not contain any provisions on harassment until the 2004 Reform when Article 12a was inserted (see inset below). The wording, which was the subject of countless negotiations between the Commission and the trade-union and professional organisations, and then between the Commission and the Council, rapidly revealed its weaknesses : in order to be able to talk about psychological harassment, one has to prove that it was intentional, which is clearly very difficult. Fortunately, this element, which incidentally is incompatible with the definition of harassment given by Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general [...]