Why choose Union Syndicale rather than another trade union?
What is its purpose?
What are its characteristics, and what is its DNA?
And above all: why participate in a trade-union?
The whole history of Union Syndicale is based in fact on solidarity. Solidarity between colleagues to help each other through mutual support.But, also to ensure that together they are heard.
In face of the employer
Face to face with an employer, anindividualcounts for very little. The interests of workers – whether they be officials, manual workers or employees – need to be represented collectively in order to be heard. That is the first reason why workers form trade unions.
If today, just to cite a few examples,
- you continue to receive your salary when you are sick;
- you have a salary that is adapted each year to maintain your purchasing power;
- you enjoy very good medical cover;
- you can take time off to care for those nearest to you, thanks to parental and family leave or to working part time;
- you can hope your career will develop correctly thanks to guaranteed promotion rates;
- you are free on Saturday;
- you can return home at a decent time;
- you are sure you can take your annual holidays,
it is thanks to the social progress that the trade unions, and in particular Union Syndicale, have obtained through negotiation and strikes. These rights did not just fall from the sky. Their realisation,in the European and International Civil Service, has only been possible thanks to the tens of thousands of colleagues who have joined Union Syndicale, and in so-doing have given the whole of the staff the power to make themselves heard.In the article by Günther Lorenz, Honorary Presidentof Union Syndicale, at page 6, you will discover in greater detail the history of the social progress that has been brought about by Union Syndicale. Or read the article by our advocate-barrister, Maître Louis, at page 11, to become aware of the rights that have been defended and won through court action the over the decades.
The Civil Service: backbone of European construction
Without the Civil Service, European construction would have remained a dead letter. The institutions only function andlive thanks to the permanency, competence and independence of the Civil Service.
The sad truth is that these principles haveto be defended by Union Syndicale all the time. Whether it be at a legislative level (the Staff Regulations, adopted by the Council and the European Parliament) or at a level internal to each institution, our “bosses” frequently behave in a schizophrenic manner, through not paying attention to the best functioning of the institutions:
- they try to cut back the Civil Service through constantly lowering the pay and social conditions;
- they want to make systematic use of precarious temporary contracts – indeed to privatise the services;
- they give in easily to the temptation of nepotism (“no worries dearfriend, I have a nice cushy place for your niece”);
- they accept or encourage the parachuting in of trusty soldiers serving His/Her Majesty or another national government.
Faced with such practices, European construction needs a strong Union Syndicale! That is the reason why Union Syndicale Fédérale is a member of the European Movement. It is, moreover, the onlytrade union from the European and International Civil Service to be in this situation.