Teleworking

High time for the Commission to show flexibility!

We, the Commission staff, have shown (and continue to show) outstanding flexibility, especially during the recent crises: whether that’s the pandemic and the lockdowns, war in Ukraine, energy resources or skyrocketing inflation. In spite of all this and the exceptional workload these crises created for many DGs, staff made every possible effort to continue to deliver business continuity in the interest of the European people we serve.  Continue reading High time for the Commission to show flexibility!

Follow-up survey on teleworking utility bills

*Update 18.11.2022 many buildings will be closed between Christmas and New Year.* As promised in October, we ask you to participate in this, our follow-up survey on the utility costs related to working from home in order to make a comparison with the answers you provided to our original survey (January 2021 – January 2022). We want to demonstrate any further change in costs: our first survey related to an expected increase in the consumption of energy but the issue now is related to Continue reading Follow-up survey on teleworking utility bills

Building closures in winter – ding, ding, ding, we have a winner

*Update 18.11.2022 many buildings will be closed between Christmas and New Year.* *Update 9.11.2022 a colleague got in touch to say that Berlaymont (BERL) is also to move to open space and hot-desking but the timeline is not yet fixed.*

Many rumours are currently spreading around the potential closure of Commission buildings during winter. It seems that we now have a clear winner: the Commission has decided not just to close the Hitec (HTC) building in Luxembourg temporarily, but to abandon it completely. The building, home to DG SANTE’s directorate B, is to be handed back to the owner by the end of the year, yes this current year. Continue reading Building closures in winter – ding, ding, ding, we have a winner

Commission to respect expected salary adjustment for some, but not for all

*Update 03.11.2022: Eurostat has published the final figures on the increase for Commission staff in its report.* Against the backdrop of increasing prices and rising inflation and during a period that is, for many staff, the summer break, the Council requested the Commission analyse how to further cut expenditure on staff, asking for a response by the end of September 2022. The Council was specifically targeting the salary updates intended to address inflation. Continue reading Commission to respect expected salary adjustment for some, but not for all

Winter is coming – and with it come new guidelines on workwear for the office

*Update 18.11.2022 many buildings will be closed between Christmas and New Year.* *Check out the 16.11.2022 video explaining the heating system* If you have not already experienced them yourself over the summer, you all have by now at least heard some rumours. ‘Which  rumours?’, you ask, there are so many! Is it the one about the reopening of the staff regulations? No. The payment of the lump sum mentioned it the Working Time and Hybrid Working Decision (WTHW)? No, but we admire your optimism. The rumours about switching off the heating? Yes! That’s the one! The most recent pilot project[1] of the Commission:  the measures to reduce both the energy consumption and the overall costs of Commission buildings. Continue reading Winter is coming – and with it come new guidelines on workwear for the office

No work-life balance for colleagues in Delegations?

While the flexible working arrangements such as offsetting and recuperating working hours (‘flexitime’) and working from home are implemented for Member States and headquarters (HQ), as of today, colleagues in 144 Delegations around the world still have no legal basis to telework.  This issue has been flagged multiple times in different meetings with management and a social dialogue was planned to be concluded in September 2022.  As of today, still, nothing. Continue reading No work-life balance for colleagues in Delegations?

The future of our survey on the rise in teleworking energy bills

*08.11.2022 we have republished this survey to enable a comparison, please participate!*

*Update 07.11.2022 we add a list of all available state aid in Luxembourg.*

*23.10.2022 the teleworking costs court case has been unsuccessful.*

It’s the perfect storm of costs: increased consumption of utilities and higher bills due to teleworking meets increased energy costs due to the political situation and even higher bills. We intend to show the compounded effects of these two hits by comparing the snapshot we took at the end of 2021 with a new pic from now: we will republish our survey and ask you again to contribute. Continue reading The future of our survey on the rise in teleworking energy bills

New working time and hybrid working committee

*Update 18.10.2022: the joint committee met but the draft guidelines were not yet available. They are expected before the end of the year.*

As we noted in July 2022, the absence of general guidelines for the March 2022 working time and hybrid working (WTHW) decision means that dozens of DGs and services and numerous agencies are doing their own thing and drafting their own guidelines[1]. This is inevitably leading to differences in interpretation and application of the rules, to say nothing of the efficiency of having so many parallel drafting projects on the go, Continue reading New working time and hybrid working committee

Council request to further reduce spending on staff

*Update 03.10.2022 the Commission appears to have provisionally lost 75 posts, the only institution to have lost any posts (Draft General Budget of the European Union for the financial year 2023, Working Document Part II, 2022, p. 67)*

*Update 21.09.2022 : all representatives OSPs met with the Cabinet on the Commission response to the Council.*

We remind you that the Commission stated its intention to defend the current method for salary adaptations (although the phrase used was ‘staff purchasing power’ (20.07.2022[1])) in its response. It will also undertake a risk assessment/study as per ECA Special report no 15/2019 Recommendation 3. The Common Front (all representative trade unions and staff associations, of which we obviously form part) wrote to the Commissioner for Budget and HR.

Continue reading Council request to further reduce spending on staff

Hybrid working guidelines for DGs and Delegations, what should we expect? 

Generation 2004 firmly believes that the EU institutions should focus on impact and output rather than the means of work.  When the pandemic has shown that, for many roles, teleworking can be as effective as office presence (and is considered equivalent), why does the EU appear to prefer to go back in time? Why burden colleagues with again finding balance, having to revamp their schedules and routines with the associated stresses in order to be present in their place of employment rather than letting them continue to telework in peace, efficiently, effectively, and happily? Continue reading Hybrid working guidelines for DGs and Delegations, what should we expect?