Largest in the Commission?

Update 01.09.2022: We still eagerly await the updated report for 2021 and/or a new calculation of representativity which takes into account the election results in Geel, Karlsruhe, Ispra/Seville, Outside the Union and Brussels. We expect to be confirmed as the largest representative entity.

Based on the last published figures (Human Resources in 2020): with 27.6%, we are the largest single trade union or staff association (OSP) of the 17 recognised as representative by the Commission [1].

While there is a larger entity, Alliance (31.6%), it is a grouping of OSPs as are all of the others (Union syndicale fédérale (USF), Regroupement syndical (RS), Fédération de la Fonction publique européenne (FFPE)) on the image on the left from DG HR, Human Resources in 2020 (p.92) [click on it to see a bigger version].

We reproduce the groupings as listed in Human Resources in 2020 (p.91) below.

Alliance (‘Confederal Alliance of Free Trade Unions’) contains 6 OSPs

  1. Renouveau & Démocratie (R&D)
  2. Conférence des syndicats européens et syndicat des fonctionnaires européens (Conf. SFE)
  3. Union syndicale Luxembourg (USL)
  4. Solidarité européenne (SE)
  5. Save Europe
  6. Association des fonctionnaires indépendants pour la défense de la fonction publique européenne (TAO-AFI)

Union syndicale fédérale (USF) contains 5 OSPs

  1. Union syndicale Bruxelles (USB)
  2. Union syndicale fédérale Luxembourg (USF-L)
  3. Union syndicale Ispra (USI)
  4. Union syndicale Petten (US Petten)
  5. Union syndicale Karlsruhe (US Karlsruhe)

Regroupement syndical (RS) contains 3 OSPs

  1. Union for Unity (U4U)
  2. Unité et Solidarité – Hors Union (USHU)
  3. Syndicat des Fonctionnaires internationaux et européens (SFIE)

Fédération de la Fonction publique européenne/European Civil Service Federation (FFPE) contains 2 OSPs

  1. FFPE
  2. Action & Défense (A&D)

So, how well do the OSP names match the names used on the election ballot papers and the counting of votes?

The answer is that they do not correspond particularly well: this is an issue for transparency. Take, for example:

  • Brussels LSC elections 2021:
    • List 5: this appears to be one OSP but is a grouping of 2 OSPs. This information is only available on the website of the OSP whose name is not part of the list name. There is no electoral agreement published on MyIntracomm showing how the votes would be distributed between the 2 entities.

So the ballot-paper list names might not match any known OSPs or previously known grouping of OSPs and the votes cast might not be attributed to the OSPs named evenly. Check out that the pre-electoral agreements made for each local staff committee election to see how groupings of OSPs agree to distribute votes and see how opaque this can sometimes be.

If there’s an OSP or list on an election ballot paper with no information available get in touch with HR and ask about it: know what you’re being asked to vote on, know who represents you and know who you can get in touch with to ask for help!

If you have any questions or you’d like to get involved, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!


[1] Check out what each of these OSP stands for via their websites: MyIntracomm, Staff Matters, Trade Unions and Staff Associations (OSPs), ‘related information>see also’.

Joint Research Centre (JRC) OSPs are listed here.

Here’s the whoiswho entry for the staff committees and OSPs (though we note many empty lists there).