Settlement agreement reached at the EPO concerning Laurent Prunier

In recent years, social dialogue at the European Patent Office has been badly damaged. Since 2014, the EPO has been strongly criticised for its directives which go against the rights and interests of employees. Legal actions have multiplied as the suffering of staff members has increased. Today, a settlement agreement has been reached at the EPO concerning Laurent Prunier . Excessive production pressure, a climate of fear, intimidation, harassment, abusive disciplinary procedures against staff and trade union representatives, censorship and non-respect of the right to strike shook the institution in particular during the mandates of Benoit Battistelli. USOEB-SUEPO*, the trade union representing half of the staff at the EPO, has constantly opposed these authoritarian abuses and has tried to find common ground with the administration. [...]

Victories : Union Syndicale on all fronts!

An avalanche of victories for Union Syndicale and its representatives! The current period is full of equations with many unknowns, but one thing is certain: solidarity is still not an obsolete concept in the European institutions. Our colleagues at SUEPO The Hague and in Berlin won a great victory in the Staff Committee elections: all the seats (17 !) went to our Union Syndicale representatives! Never two without three, a resounding victory for Union Syndicale at Cedefop (3 seats out of 3 in the Staff Committee elections !), which, we remind you, did not actually recognise the unions as social partners until March 2020. Long-term negotiations that saw solidarity prevail once again. These victories are a fine proof of the confidence on the part of [...]

Social Dialogue on MFF

Note for the attention of Commissioner Johannes Hahn All the trade union organisations wish to be informed of the content of the Commission's proposal on the Union's financial perspectives. The staff representation considers that this proposal will determine both the amount and the volume of staff work for the next seven years as well as the budgetary amount devoted to operating costs. These are matters of great interest to the staff and, therefore, to the trade union organisations representing them. All the more so as a reading of the Commission's proposal shows that heading 7 will be reduced by a significant amount, whereas at the highest level, staff were promised it would not be reduced. As you know, our organisations have on several occasions asked [...]

17 June 2020|Categories: Commission, Council, Working conditions|Tags: , , |

ETF to stop all activities linked to DG MOVE in ATM field over attacks to jobs and working conditions

ETF has decided to stop all activities related to DG MOVE in the air traffic management field for the next three months, after receiving several reports of employers being pushed by two of DG MOVE officials to lower ANSPs’ labour costs. ETF has recently learned that the European Commission’s DG MOVE officials have been actively lobbying for cost reductions by national service providers (ANSPs). ETF believes these activities are in line with the interests of airspace users. However, their interests cannot be protected and favoured over workers’ interests. This demonstrates, once again, the strong influence of airspace users over the European Commission to the detriment of other actors in the aviation system. With these actions, the Commission has overstepped the boundaries of its role. Its [...]

04 June 2020|Categories: Agencies, Solidarity, Syndcical rights, US-ETF|Tags: , |

Protecting the rights of all, including children’s rights

In the collective consciousness, child labour has long since ceased to apply in Europe. Yet children's rights are not respected everywhere, as shown by the 8% of Ukrainian children who are forced, either by a third person (in any case an adult) or because of poverty, to work in order to survive. In many countries of the world, in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America or Asia, children's rights to education, access to health care and a decent life (comfortable and far from poverty), do not exist. In 2020, about 152 million children, aged between 5 and 17, are working, often in appalling conditions. Unfortunately, the health crisis caused by COVID-19 only reinforces these inequalities and pushes more and more children into precarious conditions. Although [...]

Stronger public services through remunicipalisation : building a resilient post-Covid-19 world

This book is a timely tool as we examine the impact of the past 40 years of deconstructing the state, the collective, and our public services and how we must rebuild society. Taking services back in public hands is a fundamental repudiation of neoliberal policies, and a way to reclaim our collective future. The book tracks more than 1,400 successful cases of bringing public services back from private ownership and/or management. These involve 2,400 cities in 58 countries. Remunicipalisations have increased 67 percent compared to three years ago and involve 800 more municipalities across 58 countries. This may be just the tip of the iceberg as private-to-public transfers, mostly at local level, typically go unreported in the news. A 2017 TNI publication identified 835 cases [...]

18 May 2020|Categories: Cultural, Future of Europe, PSI|Tags: , |