Newsletter – 2020-05-05

Newsletter editorial – 5 May 2020

Welcome to the 5 May 2020 Generation 2004 Newsletter. COVID-19 is still capturing our near full attention! However, while many report on progress of the pandemic and its related crisis, at Generation 2004 we are busy trying to improve conditions of staff during these difficult times: read here a summary of what we have been doing. In more detail among other things we asked DG HR and DIGIT to review the rules on what equipment can be taken home from the office during the mandatory teleworking and also asked for refund of privately bought IT equipment acquired by staff to be able to fulfil their duties during this stressful period. We also took a close look at the Commission plan to return to the office (aka “Operation Return”) and launched a petition to request immediate and effective help for parents in distress. Even if you do not have children, please sign it in solidarity with the many colleagues nearing a breaking point.

In more specific, but still somewhat COVID-19 related news we sent a note to DG COMM to ask for the yearly rotation exercise to be suspended during the COVID-19 crisis. We also too the chance to ask for a review of the whole rotation exercise, which, 12 years after its introduction, has apparently not aged too well.

Finally, in COVID-19 free news, we took a close look at the Local Agents Social Dialogue which is currently going on at the EEAS, and we are hiring a Secretary for our team in Brussels.

If this is not enough, please rest assured that there is more great content on our website for you to explore!!!

Meanwhile, stay safe and stay home!

Sign the petition on a coronavirus special leave for parents with children

After receiving complaints from many colleagues, Generation 2004 decided to launch a petition to pressure the Commission to help colleagues who have to telework and, at the same time, educate and take care of young children. This situation puts additional stress on families and is not sustainable for longer period. Continue reading Sign the petition on a coronavirus special leave for parents with children

‘Operation Return’: Action plan for the gradual return to the office

We all agree that our colleagues deserve to have the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation and on how our return to the office will look like. The administration reassured us that in Brussels we would not start returning to the office before 25 May 2020. Unfortunately, no dates were given for the return in the remaining European Commission (EC) sites, EC Representations or EU Delegations, in which the situation may vary from country to country. Continue reading ‘Operation Return’: Action plan for the gradual return to the office

“Nihil de nobis, sine nobis!” at the EEAS Social Dialogue

Two rounds of Social Dialogue bilateral discussions between Director Francoise Collet of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Trade Unions (TUs) and staff associations (SAs) of the EEAS and the European Commission (EC), as well as one round with the Director General Gianmarco Di Vito (EEAS) were held through videoconference from our homes during the confinement. Continue reading “Nihil de nobis, sine nobis!” at the EEAS Social Dialogue

Covid-19 – we are raising your problems with the Administration

While we are at home teleworking, Generation 2004 has not stopped working hard for you. During the past few weeks, we have engaged a lot with DG HR to raise awareness of your problems under the current confinement. In this article, we would like to inform you about the current state of play, what DG HR is planning, where we still see room for improvement and, most importantly, what we are doing about it. Continue reading Covid-19 – we are raising your problems with the Administration

Generation 2004 requests suspension of staff rotation in Representations during COVID-19 crisis

Some Commission staff in European Commission (EC) Representations to EU Member States are subject to rotation. Under normal circumstances the exercise is already complex to manage. If you have any doubts about that, then think about the last time you moved house and then add to it: Continue reading Generation 2004 requests suspension of staff rotation in Representations during COVID-19 crisis

Generation 2004 is hiring a Secretary at the European Commission in Brussels

For our daily work ‘For the many, not the few’ Generation 2004 employs a team of committed and hardworking colleagues. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, our last call for interest has not allowed us to find a candidate and we invite you again to apply for this full-time secretary post. We offer a Contract Agent FG II contract. If you are not eligible but you know someone that is and that you believe could be interested in the job, please feel free to forward the message on. Continue reading Generation 2004 is hiring a Secretary at the European Commission in Brussels