In theory, you have the choice between 3 different lists in the elections for the Local Staff Committee Luxembourg. In practice, however, the true choice will be between 2 alternatives: Generation 2004 (list 1) and the ‘old’ trade unions (list 2 and list 3) who 15 years after the 2004 reform still continue to claim extraordinary privileges for the few chosen.
At a closer look, the picture is even worse. Both lists are dominated by the Alliance of “independent trade unions”, which mean small, at the Commission level often non-representative organisations. (NB: A trade union is considered representative if it represents at least 6% of staff at Commission level.) Since only representative organisations have access to resources for their operation, non- Continue reading Playing Three-card Trick with voters? And the winner is … the Alliance?→
Did you know that there is a “95% rule” in the Staff Regulations (Art. 55a(2)(d)) according to which you are entitled to work 95% with a full salary when faced with cases of serious hardship, to care for a dependent child until the age of 14?
It sounds good. However, in practice, this rule is hardly ever applied. Why? Because there is a cumbersome procedure to prove a “triggering event”, an “unforeseeable change in the applicant’s family-related circumstances” which justifies staff member’s eligibility for this working time reduction. Continue reading 95% work for family reasons→
For several years, Generation2004 has been pointing out that something is not working well with how EU institutions are treating their own staff. Along the way, we have consistently proposed constructive solution to reverse the path towards unhappiness of staff. However, it looks like the “establishment”, with support of some staff organisations doesn’t see the same and proceeds with its own agenda serving personal interests and personal egos. We believe however, that staff should be treated differently and, most importantly, it should be listened to. Needless to say, but most of our claims have been disregarded throughout time. Continue reading We said it all along; now it is official: EU officials unhappy→
Our colleagues in Luxembourg are currently witnesses to a big discussion around the correction coefficients (CC) for our salaries and the potential introduction of an independent CC for Luxembourg. Currently, all existing CCs are benchmarked against the combination of the Belgium and Luxembourg costs of living. We would like to join that discussion and take the opportunity to explain the simplified mechanisms behind the correction coefficients.
Changes to our salaries come mostly from two factors:
The yearly salary update
A correction coefficient (if you work outside Luxembourg and Brussels)
The 2019 Certification procedure call for applications is now open until 9 October 2019. The Certification, a procedure based on Article 45a of Staff Regulations, allows AST colleagues to get on the AD ship. There are of course some preconditions and procedures in order to be eligible for the certification. The most important is that you are already AST 5 or above and that in the previous 3 appraisal exercises you were marked as having “the potential required to take on the functions of an AD” by your reporting officer.
STAFF IN BEAULIEU IS HAPPY THAT THE RENTAL CONTRACT OF BEAULIEU BUILDINGS IS TO BE EXTENDED
In October 2018, OIB announced the closure and relocation of the Beaulieu site buildings: BU-XIT. The original intended plan was to:
Close the nursery as of 2020;
Empty the BU1/5/9/24 buildings probably by the end of 2020;
Empty the BU29/31/33 buildings around 2024. No further information was released after the OIB’s communication and no detailed plan was rolled out before the background survey of this report was published on 12 June 2019.