Standby duty

It’s been two years of mandatory teleworking

16 March 2022: exactly 2 years since 100% teleworking became obligatory for almost everyone at the Commission.  On that first day in 2020 some of us did not even have an internet connection at home or a computer. Nevertheless we did what we could with what we had and ensured business continuity at the Commission in the face of a global pandemic. We bought computers, got the internet connected, used our own mobile phones, joined work whatsapp groups, Continue reading It’s been two years of mandatory teleworking

Special DGT meeting

Many of you contacted us over the past weeks and months to highlight a number of important issues specifically related to DG Translation (DGT) [1]. If you want to discuss them more in-depth and share with us your concerns and ideas so that we can act on them, join our special DGT meeting, Thursday 25.03.2021 at 2 pm. Continue reading Special DGT meeting

“Generation 2004 stands by staff on standby” yet again

Following our recent article on standby duty compensation, once again Generation 2004 recently stood by colleagues who were under pressure to ‘volunteer’ to set up and fulfil a standby guaranteeing to be available to work at short notice outside the normal Commission working hours: Monday to Friday 07.00-23.00. That meant that they were expected to be ready to work across evenings, weekends and public holidays as soon as any phone call was received and with no guidance on any compensation: financial or otherwise. With the support of Generation 2004, the outcome is that the service in question has reconsidered its standby needs and scrapped the rota [1]. Continue reading “Generation 2004 stands by staff on standby” yet again

Generation 2004 stands by staff on standby

Are you sometimes asked to be available to work at short notice at night, at the weekend or during a holiday? If so, are you getting the right pay?

Standby duty is a service when you guarantee to be available to work at short notice outside of the normal Commission working hours: Monday to Friday from 07.00 until 20.00.

Note that standby duty is being available to work.  Actual work outside of normal working hours is called ‘out of hours work’ and is treated differently. Continue reading Generation 2004 stands by staff on standby