The next staff elections for the Brussels local staff committee will take place from 24-26 October 2018. Generation 2004 has, for the third time, set up a very gender, nationality and staff category balanced list of 54 motivated candidates (27 pairs) for the Brussels staff elections.
Staff elections in the EU Delegations will also take place shortly after: from 5-9 November 2018. It will be the first time in history that Generation 2004 sets up a list and run in the “Outside the Union” elections though, and we are very excited about taking this step.
Those who will be elected in both elections will represent the interests of staff recruited since 2004 and 2014 in various committees and working groups in the next 3 years.
However, what is at stake in these elections?
The Brexit date is approaching. The next election to the European Parliament will take place in May 2019. Eurosceptic forces might gain more seats in the next European Parliament. Those two events will most probably increase the pressure on the EU budget to look for savings. We hear already from some Member States that the administrative costs within the EU budget should be “scrutinised”. Whatever this means! In autumn 2019 a new Commission will be established. According to the staff regulations the Commission shall, by 31 December 2020, submit a report to the European Parliament and to the Council about the functioning of the staff regulations. Moreover, the so called “method” which ensures an automatic salary rise according to the inflation in a selected number of Member States will expire in 2023. Tough discussions to reform the “method” will certainly start well in advance. All these aspects are likely lead to a revision of the staff regulations which always meant in the past a worsening of our working conditions. If worst comes to worst, you will need staff representatives who will defend your interests rather than the “acquired rights” of a caste of privilege officials who were recruited in the “good old days” of the Commission.
Generation 2004 is more than ever motivated to fight against the raising precariat in the Commission and for the rights of staff recruited after May 1st 2004 and 2014.
Please spread the word among your colleagues that the next staff committee will play a crucial role in negotiating the conditions of a future staff reform.
Give us your voice and let us become the strongest force in this process!
Some unions are already bombarding you with campaign messages, including messages entitled “Respecting Staff”. Generation 2004 does respect staff, this is why we don’t spam everyone with daily messages about our positions on this or that issue. We send our newsletter about once a month with the main news. We will circulate our campaign manifesto in October, you will find all you need to know there. And a few targeted messages during the official electoral campaign period. That’s it! No need to fill your mailboxes with hundreds of messages!