New ways of working : at any cost ?

It has been almost a year since the NWOW (New Ways of Working) pilot project was launched despite the scepticism expressed by the vast majority of colleagues, based on inconclusive past experience. After hundreds of hours of work, meetings and participatory workshops, the staff has now discovered on a blog post that the GSC no longer has the means to achieve the ambitious objectives, which will therefore have to be scaled down. Is this serious? And are we to have "NWOW at any cost"? No one is really surprised, as the failure was predictable all along. Union Syndicale has a few more questions, though:  What are the real objectives?  How could the staff have been expected to be committed to such a huge [...]

04 November 2019|Categories: Council, US-Consilium, USB (Union Syndicale Brussels)|Tags: |

Union Syndicale is HIRING !

Union Syndicale, the first Trade-Union in the European civil service, is recruiting a Communication and Administrative Support Assistant From Union Syndicale's head office in the heart of the European quarter, you will play an important role in the organisation's external and internal communication activities. To do this, you have proven knowledge or experience in managing social networks and content in WordPress. You also demonstrate this skill or experience in graphic design or editing. You will be involved in the development and implementation of Union Syndicale's communication strategy and will contribute to the development of the union's visibility by promoting its presence on the Internet and participating in the diffusion and promotion of its services. First, you will participate in the coordination of the work of [...]

24 October 2019|Categories: Vacancy|Tags: |

European day of awareness raising on moral harassment at work

If you have heard of, If you have witnessed a situation of harassment, Speak out, express yourself, contact us! How to identify harassment? Victims are selected individually rather than in groups without distinction: sex, origin, background, personality, age, or because they are too conscientious, too innovative... Different techniques can be used to isolate: discreet denigration of work to the hierarchy, devaluation of the position, overwork, contradictory instructions, opposition to colleagues... until you are broken and dropped in by everyone. No one is safe! It may only be a matter of time... Over the years, moral harassment has become a "guest" in labour relations! In the long term, it creates a hostile and unhealthy working environment. The consequences are well known: sick leave, absenteeism, demotivation... This [...]

23 October 2019|Categories: Harassment, Harassment, IPSO, IPSO, Psycho-Social Risks, Stress, Working conditions|

Ver.di: “a very inspiring Congress” USF Secretary General said

The 5th Verdi congress (held in Leipzig) was opened on the 22nd September 2019 by the Federal President Walter Steinmeier who praised the existence of Verdi as an important actor of the German democratic society as a whole. At this congress, the mandate of the well-known President Frank Bsirske came to an end. Media largely reported on his remarkable contributions of the last 18 years. On the 24th September, the Verdi Congress elected a new executive bureau, headed by newly elected Verdi President Frank Warneke. The USF Sec.Gen. was invited to the Congress and warmly congratulated. The Congress discussions with about 1000 delegates (Verdi has 2 million members) were very inspiring. Amongst the many subjects were the consequences of digitalization, equal opportunities, minimum wages, precariousness [...]

25 September 2019|Categories: Invitation, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , |

2014 Staff Regulations reforms: cost savings overshadowed by their impact on the workforce

Who still wants to work for the EU? The European Court of Auditors' Report No 15/2019 analyses the Commission's implementation of the 2014 Staff Regulations reform and related measures. Verdict? Substantial savings, but not without consequences for staff. These measures resulted in a 5% reduction in posts, an increase in the retirement age from 63 to 66 and a temporary freeze on pensions and salaries. While they have led to significant savings, they have also had a negative impact on the attractiveness of the Union as an employer. Read the Report of the European Court of Auditors (PDF 2MB) Read StaffMatters 8 on the follow-up of the legal actions initiated by Union Syndicale after the 2014 "reform" of Staff Regulations. Read Lili BAYER's analysis in [...]

Europol: Tensions Over Jobs

Imposed CA cuts by Commission One of the main problems facing Europol this September 2019 is the issue of imposed CA cuts by the Commission. Europol is trying to leverage support in the European Parliament to secure the staff it currently has, and secure additional TAs to respond to an increase in activities. Furthermore, it is important to remember that CAs are not part of the Europol establishment plan, so the Management Board can make a decision on the final authorised number of CAs. However, pressure from the European Commission to lower the number of CAs will understandably make it difficult for the Management Board go against the proposed cuts. The Europol Management Board takes place on the 4th of October, so Europol staff are [...]

24 September 2019|Categories: EUROPOL, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: |