In January a call for expression of interest presented the possibility to work in a DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE ) unit in Luxembourg from any Commission site ‘for about six months’. As stated in the email, the initial Luxembourg-wide call had been unsuccessful, so this was a ‘plan B’ of sorts in these difficult times, a workaround.
Luxembourg staff has voted for a new Local Staff Committee (LSC) and the results of the elections have been published. Three lists were competing for the favour of voters: Generation 2004, Union Syndicale Luxembourg (USL) and a composite list made up by 5 trade unions naming themselves “Ensemble Luxembourg” (EL). Continue reading Luxembourg has elected a new Local Staff Committee→
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?→
Trade unions and staff associations (TUs&SAs) representing almost three quarters of staff in Luxembourg but having a minority (30% of seats) in the current the Local Staff Committee (mandate 2016-19) are convinced: The electoral system must be changed towards a proportional distribution of seats. A proportional seat distribution is necessary to revive true discussion and consensus-finding among the plurality of opinions as well as the possibility to bring in new ideas to the Local Staff Committee (LSC) by all members. Continue reading The electoral system of the Luxembourg LSC is flawed and should be changed!!!→