Another Internal Competition has just been announced which is exclusively open to Temporary Agents (TAs), i.e., mainly cabinet staff as well as our JPP ”Jeunesse dorée”. Oops HR did it again!
While, in the interest of fairness and equal career opportunities, we have repeatedly demanded to allow ASTs, AST-SCs and CAs to participate in internal competitions, HR has again been cooking up a tailor-made scheme for a certain group. In addition, this small group will not be even required to pass a CBT on verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning like M. or Mme. Tout le monde, which is the usual requirement in EPSO external competitions to become an official.
Why are ASTs, AST-SCs and CAs excluded?
The answer is simple. Continue reading NEW COMPETITION – SAME OLD STORY!
On allowances to cover the additional costs of teleworking and other promises
It is election time for many sites of the Commission and there are two unmistakable signs for this:
- Your inbox is filling with largely indistinguishable e-mails asking to vote for union X or union Y, because they have done SO MUCH for you in the last year (although for some of them, you cannot remember ever having seen any action or results).
- The e-mails contain a hodgepodge of measures that they are demanding, often defying any sense of reality: unicorns, rainbows, a guaranteed lottery win, …
Continue reading Promising and selling unicorns
Here is the presentation from today’s meeting with assistants (ASTs) and below you’ll find an extended version of a frequently asked questions (FAQs) based on the questions asked.
If there’s something here you can add to, you’d like more information on or that you’d like to challenge (we’re open to all input!) then please get in touch: we’re here for you ! Thanks very much to all who attended! Continue reading Assistants (ASTs) FAQs
We are happy to inform you that Generation 2004 formally submitted a petition to the European Parliament to stop the unfair treatment of AST/SC staff on 11.11.2021, but you can still add your name to show your support! 
‘Will you support a petition to the European Parliament (EP) to raise the MEPs’ awareness of the specific challenges faced by our AST/SC colleagues and to urge the EP, during the next revision of the Staff Regulations, to adopt the necessary legislative changes to abolish the unfair treatment of the AST/SC staff members? Continue reading Generation 2004 submitted AST/SC petition to the European Parliament
Article 90(2) complaint lodged against a published post for an AST/SC financial assistant. Generation 2004 is the first and only staff representation to reveal and condemn the ongoing process of replacing non-secretary assistant (AST) staff with secretaries and clerks (AST/SC) staff. Continue reading Stop having AST/SC staff do AST roles without the corresponding pay and potential!
As you probably know, this year’s promotion (officials) and reclassification (contract agents) exercises will end with the publication of the final lists this week here (according to our information it will be on Wednesday, 10 November 2021) .
If your name is on the list you will be promoted/reclassified (changes will be visible in your December 2021 payslip) and Generation 2004 would like to warmly congratulate you. Continue reading Promotion/reclassification exercises 2021
The mediation service has published its 2020 annual report showing that the number of cases reported is much lower compared to previous year(s). One cannot help but wonder: is that because harassment/bad managerial behaviour really improved, is it because colleagues are fed up with the ineffectiveness of the available harassment fighting procedures, or is it simply a partial story: it does not show how many cases never started because the other side refused to engage. (Yes, mediation is voluntary and the mediation service can do nothing when only one side is willing.) Continue reading Do you think harassment or bad managerial behaviour improved in 2020?
Stories on the ground
Story 1 LA Function Group IV recruited as section secretary. Later on the job task of the DMO (document managing officer) is added to the job description and this has been the situation for more than 2 years. Management refused to discuss changing the post to Group III. Continue reading Correction of function group for Local Agents in Delegations – We need an action plan!
Contrary to the oft-repeated instructions that those applying for any internal competition  must belong to the same function group (here too), there are no Staff Regulations provisions that prohibit or limit the participation e.g. of officials AST/SC staff in AST internal competitions.
It is exactly because there are no legal restrictions, other EU institutions (the European Parliament, the Court of Justice, and the Committee of the Regions) allow AST/SC staff to apply for AST posts in their internal competitions. Continue reading Internal competitions: EU institutions doing it differently
A brief history of assistants, secretaries and clerks in the European Commission
Since 2018 Generation 2004 has been warning of and working against the phasing out of the assistants (AST) function group (FG) and the placing of all AST staff in ‘transition’. To better understand the issues at stake, we need to briefly examine the history and evolution of assistants, secretaries and clerks (AST/SC) in the European Commission. Continue reading Stop the phasing out of the AST function group!