We are all colleagues!


We are all colleagues!

Agora #80

We are colleagues and we are faced with the same issues. Why should we be afraid to defend our rights?

Whether between agents or officials of the Commission, the Council, the EEAS, the Economic and Social Committee or agencies, in far too many instances, relations have declined between our services.

We are colleagues and we are faced with the same issues…

Such as access to day care, the European school, education allowances, parental leave, not to mention various restrictions regarding medical expenses.

We have noticed a significant deterioration in our working conditions…

Whether in relation to career development, promotion, reclassification, mobility or remote working. Far too often, these topics are only discussed for a few minutes each year, while decisions are made without any justification by a leader.

Inequality is increasing, the comparison of merits is granted less importance and the statutory rules are biased. Why are AST staff the ones who have to bear the full brunt of the 5% reduction in staff, decided in agreement with the Commission?

Like me, you are or will most likely be faced with demotivating bureaucratic issues and a minimal fix approach in the area of medical expenses, paid leave, accident cover and serious illness.

Why should we be afraid to defend our rights?

Other issues may arise depending on your grade, your DG and your place of employment (delegation or agency), with respect to annual leave, living conditions, mobility, rotation, etc.

You may, for instance, be faced with ‘political’ restructuring, developments in your career, retraining, a change in grade, personal leave, external activities or access to unemployment for certain agents.

You may also face a lack of solidarity, a lack of recognition of your work or excessive and unjustified demands.

I can assure you that, for several decades, Union Syndicale Fédérale(USF) has been effectively dealing with all of these issues and questions and ensures the follow-up of all of its members’ cases in every institution and place of employment.

Union Syndicale Fédérale supports all categories of staff and offers solutions adapted to each situation. Each year, we answer some 3,000 questions and provide support to over 1,500 employees through:

  • a range of internal training programmes,
  • defence during administrative enquiries,
  • intervention and claims under article 90 with respect to the administration,
  • the follow-up of cases/promotion/reimbursement of medical fees, etc.

Union Syndicale Fédérale guarantees respect for the Staff Regulations and does not hesitate to call on specialised lawyers to help all employees. For example, in 2017, we recorded more than 250 consultations with our specialist lawyers.

Union Syndicale Fédérale does not hesitate to defend your rights before the Court of Justice either and has an extremely good track record.

Only Union Syndicale Fédérale is capable of offering you such a quality service and of answering all of your questions at any point in your career.

Building solidarity has been ourobjective for over 40 years.

Whether you are starting out or at the end of your career, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: Union Syndicale will answer your questions quickly and, above all, will provide you with the support you need.

Union Syndicale Fédérale is committed, along with all of its local branches, to defending each of its members.
That’s what we call collective defence!

Pietro Rossi

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Member of the Executive Committee of USB