Yet another Luxembourg general assembly? What is going on?

*Point C of the dedicated factsheet contains voting instructions* Luxembourg local staff committee (LSC) has two, yes two(!) general assemblies (GAs) in the space of a week. You may recall that the Luxembourg LSC held a general assembly fairly recently, in May 2022. The purpose of that May GA was to vote on two proposals to change the electoral system for the LSC elections (due to happen in November 2022). One proposal was from Generation 2004 and one from Ensemble Luxembourg. While everyone agrees that the current (2016) system needs to be changed, it has proven difficult to find consensus on how exactly it should be changed. Here’s our analysis of the May proposals. Unfortunately, our May proposal did not pass, and neither did the other one. Continue reading Yet another Luxembourg general assembly? What is going on?

Is working from home really voluntary?

*Update 21.09.2022 links to assistance for those facing financial difficulties  added [6]* *Update 09.09.2022: the colleague who requested reimbursement of the teleworking-related internet and phone costs  during COVID-19  has lost case T-486/21, see judgment (07.07.2022).*

There’s a disconnect between the image presented in the working time and hybrid working (WTHW) decision and the reality for Commission staff in terms of choice of work location and working-from-home (WFH) costs.  First on choice, the WTHW states that WFH/teleworking is voluntary (Article 9(3)) while the Commission simultaneously pursues a building policy of reducing overall office space and open-plan/hot-desking environments. Would there really be a desk for everyone if all Commission staff chose to work from the office at the same time? Continue reading Is working from home really voluntary?

Brussels annual medical check-up: never going back to normal?

The Medical Service Brussels resumed its task of annual medical check-ups in June 2022, albeit in a very limited way.  Any staff not in ‘high-risk professions’ must go via their own doctor, with a corresponding ceiling of €45 (100% reimbursement) for that visit. This raises questions on efficiency: how much paperwork does this generate? Continue reading Brussels annual medical check-up: never going back to normal?

Update on our AST/SC petition to the European Parliament

Unfortunately our petition No. 1243/2021 to stop the unfair treatment of AST/SC staff is no longer making progress at the European Parliament. Wihle this AST/SC petition is stopped, our petition on Contract Agents is still live so, if you haven’t done so already, please add your signature! The EP does not allow us to transfer signatures, so even if you signed the original petition please also sign the one at the EP: add your voice to the others already there! Continue reading Update on our AST/SC petition to the European Parliament

New working time and hybrid working committee

*Update 14.09.2022: no date has been set yet for the first (September!) meeting of this new committee.*

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

Invited to a medical ‘control’ during sick leave? Here’s what you need to know (FAQ)

At Generation 2004, we understand just how unnerving it can be to find yourself the recipient of a  formal Medical Service invitation and confidentiality statement, particularly if the date  stated there has already passed or the location given is incompatible with your current mobility. What to do?

Stay calm, remember that these checks are routine and read our FAQ below. Continue reading Invited to a medical ‘control’ during sick leave? Here’s what you need to know (FAQ)

Council request to further reduce spending on staff

*Update 15.09.2022: all representatives OSPs have received an invitation to a meeting with the Cabinet 21.09.2022 on the Commission response to the Council. We remind you that the Commission stated its intention to defend Commission 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

EPSO CBT/internal competition training: August 2022

*Update 08.08.2022 training dates are 23, 25, 26 and 30 August 2022 Time 12.30-14.30 via ZOOM* Generation 2004, together with Ya Semos Europeos (YSE), is organising a free webinar on Internal Competition AST 4  and training on computer-based multiple-choice test (CBT)  and internal competitions in English: join on Tuesday 19 July 2022 19:00-20:00 CET, where we’ll explain how to face the talent screener and application form for the AST4 internal competition. This is key to pass into the final phase of the competition, the oral interview. Continue reading EPSO CBT/internal competition training: August 2022

Staff in Executive Agencies need your support! Will you dare to care?

*Update 18.07.2022: check out the training on dealing with pickpockets!* The Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Brussels (OIB) recently informed three executive agencies: the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (Eismea), the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA) and the European Research Executive Agency (REA) of its intention to move them from the Covent Garden building to the North Light building close to the Brussels-North train station. The staff committees in the agencies strongly oppose this move, citing both security and operational reasons[1]. Press articles on the security problems in the area:  Continue reading Staff in Executive Agencies need your support! Will you dare to care?

Time for the Commission to focus on inclusion: cancer survivors

Generation 2004 strongly supports colleagues in the EU institutions affected by cancer, just as we support colleagues with any important issue impacting their physical and/or mental health. As the Commission has been in the process of revising its HR strategy for almost 2 years now, it is high time to put in place a new policy to better cater for the needs of cancer survivors and their families and the needs of all colleagues whose complex situations are not well covered by the current patchwork of rules [1]. Continue reading Time for the Commission to focus on inclusion: cancer survivors