COVID-19

COVID-19: Return to office put on hold

Generation 2004 continues to closely monitor the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our institution and our working conditions. In the last two weeks we have had two meetings with DG HR to discuss all the issues related to the pandemic and the way forward. Generation 2004 stated that the return should only happen when the pandemic situation improved: when there was a lower possibility of contagion. Continue reading COVID-19: Return to office put on hold

New teleworking guidelines and teleworking from abroad: here we go again!

In our July newsletter we informed you of our actions to guarantee fair and consistent application of the new teleworking guidelines throughout the Commission, especially as regards the possibility of 2 weeks of teleworking from outside the place of employment.

We wrote a note to DG FISMA concerning their overly strict interpretation of the rules, and received a positive reply to our request.

However, we decided to ask for your feedback – both in that article and through an email sent to all our members – on the procedures in place where you are and on the outcome of your request.

As a result, we were flooded with messages stressing the very different procedures and layers of approvals necessary to be granted these 2 weeks of teleworking in different DGs and different parts and sites of the Commission. Continue reading New teleworking guidelines and teleworking from abroad: here we go again!

Summer teleworking from abroad at DG FISMA

Following Generation 2004’s constructive note to Mr John BERRIGAN, Director-General of DG FISMA, on a too strict interpretation of the DG HR rule allowing teleworking from your “home country” during the summer period , we are glad to inform that DG FISMA has decided to change its position, something we very much appreciated.

In a message recently circulated to FISMA’s staff, a restriction not intended by the general DG HR policy was introduced: Continue reading Summer teleworking from abroad at DG FISMA

Watch out! Updated teleworking guidelines coming on 22 June

Updated Commission teleworking guidelines (replacing the previous version of these rules) were announced by DG HR on 16 June in the  Communication to Commission staff – Update 15 and will come into force from Monday 22 June 2020. The guidelines document will soon be published in the MyIntracomm Coronavirus and COVID-19 News & Helpdesk page (we will update this article with the direct link to them when they are published). Continue reading Watch out! Updated teleworking guidelines coming on 22 June

From the special-leave-for-parents petition to the social dialogue meeting

Following the Generation 2004 petition for special leave for parents, and at Generation 2004’s specific request, 3 June 2020 DG HR organised a social dialogue (SD) meeting to discuss the difficult situation of colleagues who are struggling to cope with this no-school and no-childcare situation over this extended period. Continue reading From the special-leave-for-parents petition to the social dialogue meeting

Newsletter editorial – 2 June 2020

Welcome to the 2 June 2020 Generation 2004 Newsletter.

Slow steps to return to the office are now being taken. Generation 2004 took the time to propose a staff-safety-first  confinement exit strategy  for the Commission and the EEAS, including Delegations.

Alongside, our petition for Covid-19 special leave for parents with young children has attracted almost 2000 signatures (THANK YOU!!!) and saw our request for  a Social Dialogue (SD) meeting addressed in record time. The meeting is on Wednesday 3 June and we would like to invite you to still sign the petition here so that we can go there with a response over the 2000 mark!

We would also like to introduce you to the latest update of the teleworking guidelines that came into force last week.

For colleagues in EU Delegations to third countries, the Common Front of trade unions and professional staff associations launched the 2021 complaint for annual leave following. Join the action here (deadline is tomorrow 3 June 2020 at 23:00 Brussels time), and read our past article for more information on the matter.

Finally, not directly related to Covid-19 but maybe relevant to you if you booked time-credits for the summer period and want to cancel them, we approach and explain this often-unknown type of leave.

Back to school in Brussels?

Following an announcement on 14 May, stating that the European Schools of Brussels would remain closed until the end of the school year of 2019-2020 on 3 July, a new update was sent to parents last Friday (29 May 2020), announcing the schools partial reopening for four weeks, from 8 June until 3 July (please read our note to European School)*. Not only was the move a surprising 180º turn of events, but it also came with some issues that Generation 2004 analysed and reacted upon in a note to DG HR’s Director General, Gertrud INGESTAD.

Continue reading Back to school in Brussels?

To return or not to return (to the office)? That is the question!

Have you been asking yourself questions like these?

  • Have the Commission and the EEAS (European External Action Service) put the health of colleagues at the heart of their strategy for return to the office?
  • Will staff members risk their health and possibly infect their families?

If so, then you are not alone. Continue reading To return or not to return (to the office)? That is the question!

Coronavirus Special leave petition results and social dialogue

Generation 2004’s petition for special leave for parents with young children was a great success. At the time of writing this article, it has gathered over 1950 signatures (Update: 2090 signatures as of 09/06/2020).

The petition is still open and if you have not signed it yet we would love to have your support to get it over the 2000 mark. If, on the other side, you have already signed it already, we would like to thank you very much for your help and trust in our work. Continue reading Coronavirus Special leave petition results and social dialogue