Watch, listen or read a few short messages from our candidates
Alfonso, ES, AC … je suis espagnol. Je travaille à l’OIL [Office «Infrastructures et logistique» — Luxembourg] comme assistante des projets depuis plus de 10 ans et j’ai commencé à la Commission en 2003 dans le domaine de finances. Depuis 2019 j’ai participé comme candidat suppléant dans GENERATION 2004 avec l’objectif de améliorer les conditions de moins favorisés et de la transparence des ressources humaines. Ensemble, j’espère pouvoir apporter mon expérience dans les institutions pour résoudre les problèmes du personnel minoritaire à Luxembourg. Votez pour nous.
Stamatina, EL, AD … I joined the Commission 6 years ago, after having worked in the private sector for many years. As a staff member working in Luxembourg, I would like to see more effort go towards taking into account the ever-rising cost of life in Luxembourg for all of us who work here – an issue directly linked to the skyrocketing housing costs. I also believe it is time that focus is placed on reforming and truly appraising the quality of the European Schools, given the fact that their role is no longer as narrow as it was when they were first established and staff needs are now different.
Borut, SL, CA I was born and raised in Slovenia. I joined the Commission in 2007 as a seconded national expert (SNE). I returned home and then later on my kids moved to Luxembourg and I wanted to be fully engaged in my most important task of my life – being a father. I got the Contact Agent position and I do my best, as much as in private also in my professional life. I joined Generation 2004 when I started to work in Luxembourg. I joined because I saw the colleagues’ efforts to “force” the Commission to treat all different types of employees equally. As a Contract Agent I find this very important. Many of us would be at square one after contracts end. All the efforts and good work done before practically loses its value. In addition, with cost in Luxembourg it is getting very difficult to stay here on such contracts. These difficulties are my motivation and this is why I want to contribute to more equal opportunities and better living conditions.
Christoph, DE, AST My motivation to run in the elections for the local staff committee in Luxembourg is that I believe in Generation 2004. I believe that Generation 2004 can change things for the better, and I want to help achieve this. Generation 2004 is the natural home for anybody who started work for the Commission after the reform of 2004. We share the same goals: to reduce the impact of the last reforms. We will never be able to completely reverse it. But we can try. Together.
Generation 2004 is still relatively new. Established staff unions are complicit with the establishment. The fate of too many is in the hands of too few. Old, encrusted staff unions represent the interests of only their old, encrusted members.
Give us your vote so we can be your voice.
Daniel, RO, AD … I am Romanian. Almost ten years ago I joined the Commission in Luxembourg, after many years of experience in Medical Research and Financial fields. Since then I worked in macroeconomic statistics.
As a Generation 2004 member and LSC [local staff committee] representative, I will focus my contribution on the challenges we all face – working conditions, pay, fairness and decisional transparency. Together with colleagues, we bring results in solving these problems at the root level. Vote for us!
Diana, HR, AD Since 2007 I have been working for the EU agencies and institutions. I worked in EFSA, Publications Office and now I am in the Commission since 2013 as AD. I decided to join the Unions as I realised that I am not happy with some decision made by my employer. We can only change things if we are actively involved in the dialog with the other side. Complaining to my family, friends or colleges will not change the situation. We need to be proactive.
Yordan, BG, AD I joined the Commission in 2007 as translator, with a background in finance. Since then I have witnessed a lot of injustice and unfounded decisions. According to me the urgent matters now are the unbearable situation of ASTs/SCs [secreataries and clerks], the lack of attractiveness of the Luxembourg site (leading to understaffing and very high workload), the buildings policy and the working conditions related to it, the rising cost of living. It’s time to respond to all that and that is what G2004 is here for!
Luxembourg local staff committee elections
Wednesday 23.11 (12.00) to Tuesday 06.12 (14.00) (inclusive)
- What are the elections for?
- What is a local staff committee (LSC) ?
- At the simplest level, these are like small parliaments which are run by staff, for staff: check out the Luxembourg LSC’s detailed explanation.
- The LSCs speak on your behalf on a range of issues such as negotiations with HR on working conditions. Check out what the Luxembourg LSC does.
- There are 8 LSCs in total across Commission sites and they have elections every 3 years.
- The seats in each LSC are held by OSPs (or groupings) in a similar fashion to the way in which political parties hold seats in national parliaments.
- Luxembourg LSC has 20 seats which are assigned to 20 full members, each of whom has a backup.
- 7 (+ 7 backups) of those elected for Luxembourg represent you in the Central Staff Committee (CSC). Look at how CSC seats are distributed across the total of 8 LSCs.
- Why should I vote for you, Generation 2004?
- We work to ensure that you know your rights and we help you to exercise them, independent of whether you are a temporary, contract or local agent or an official. See examples: data sharing, ‘volunteered’ standby duty and denied access to own medical file.
- We’re the youngest (10 years old this year!) and biggest at the Commission: most of us were recruited post staff regulation reforms and we see how rights and job security deteriorated. We resist further deterioration and push back.
- We do all that we can to promote transparency and balanced reporting.
- We are your voice: we speak on your behalf in all social dialogue.
- Check out our election campaign manifesto, our website, come to an event or get in touch with us.
- See our election candidates on the poster below!
- Check out what work might be like without elected representatives.
- When can I vote?
- Wednesday 23 November (12.00) to Tuesday 6 December (14.00) (inclusive).
- How do I vote?
- Here are instructions
- Voting will be done online via an electronic voting application (eVote) on the Commission internal network. Check you have a valid EU login password.
- Each voter has a maximum of 20 votes.
- Any vote not used is lost (See point 6, Communication to staff).
- Four browsers were in use for Brussels 2022 and we hope that this is also the case in these elections: Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome and Edge.
- What does the ballot paper look like?
- There are 5 lists. Generation 2004 is list 5.
- What do all these different abbreviations stand for?
- Is this mix of agreements normal?
- When will we know the results?
- If all goes well, the results should be available from Wednesday 7 December.
- Check out the 2022 LSC electoral calendar
- What can go wrong?
- There’s a minimum (‘quorum’): 2/3 of the electorate must vote for the election to be valid. We count that as 2425 voters out of a total of 3635. If this threshold is not reached then the voting period is extended. If that does not work then the election will be repeated (as happened in Brussels February 2022) see point 5, Communication to staff.
Our campaign for election to the Luxembourg LSC is based on facts, not on fiction. Our campaign sets out five S.M.A.R.T. lines of action:
In the coming weeks, our campaign will cover these lines of action in more detail: check out our election campaign manifesto. Meanwhile please feel free to dive into our website and leave us a comment, or get in touch with us.
Our candidates represent a wide diversity in terms of gender, geographic balance, directorates-general and staff categories and that diversity starts from the beginning of the list and not halfway into it.
If you believe that all staff should be given a voice, then:
[*] USF-L ≠ USL: Union syndicale fédérale Luxembourg (USF-L) is not a member of the Alliance, it is part of the 5-OSP grouping named Union syndicale fédérale (USF).
Note that this is not the same as the 2019 list of a very similar name. This 2022 ‘Ensemble pour Luxembourg’ is Union syndicale fédérale Luxembourg (USF-L) alone. There were 6 entities which ran as Ensemble Luxembourg (List 3) in 2019: USF-L plus another 5: FFPE, R&D, SE, TAO-AFI and U4U-RS.
So, how well do the OSP names match the names used on the election ballot papers and the counting of votes? The answer is that they do not correspond particularly well: this is an issue for transparency.