Home
EEAS
Hors Union
Staff in delegations
Contract Agents
Local Agents
Newsletters
Forum
Archive

Hors Union - archives

Back to main page

Réforme du Statut et Annexe X :
NEAR introduit un recours en justice

C’est fait, les syndicats (U4U, USHU, R&D, FFPE), ont saisi la Cour pour demander l’annulation de la réforme du statut en ce qu’il modifie les dispositions de l’Annexe X.

Comme dénoncé à de nombreuses reprises, la détérioration drastique et brutale des conditions d’emploi en Délégation, notamment en réduisant le nombre de jours congé de 42 à 24, sans concertation préalable, ni respect des principes les plus élémentaires du dialogue social, n’est pas acceptable. Les Institutions sont en contradiction avec les principes qu’elles prônent par ailleurs et avec la Charte des droits fondamentaux!

Le simulacre de négociations organisé lors de l’adoption des DGEs n’a pas permis de faire bouger l’Administration au-delà de ses positions dogmatiques, si ce n’est de manière symbolique et à la marge, pour les Collègues basés dans les pays les plus éloignés ou les plus difficiles. La majorité doit se contenter d’encaisser ce coup supplémentaire… en plus du passage aux 40 heures, de la réforme du régime des pensions, du blocage des carrières, des réductions des avantages financiers (billets classe économique) etc. qui affectent tout le monde.

D'autre part, avec nos partenaires des Institutions, nous avons mis en place des modèles de réclamation contre l'application d'autres dispositions du Statut.

Plus d'informations sur les recours...

Mobility procedure for CA in delegations

Opinion of the Central Staff Committee (CCP) on the Draft Proposal of a Mobility Procedure for Contract Agents in EU Delegations

Decision of the Chief Operating Offícer of the European External Action Service of 16/05/2014 Concerning the Mobility for EEAS Contract Agents in the Delegations of the European Union

WLAD/Workload Assessment of Commission Resources in EU Delegations : Specific Measures for Local Agents
WLAD : Medidas específicas de los agentes locales

Dear colleagues,

Within the framework of the EEAS ZBR exercises and the WLAD Commission, the respective Administrations have agreed to extend the coverage of the CSISLA - complementary sickness insurance scheme- for all Local Agents dismissed, for a year, on condition that Local Agents pay both contributions, that of the Employer (EEAS/ COMM) and that of the employee (Local Agent) - for a year and IN ADVANCE!!!

We consider this wholly unjust, worst a punishment in the context of the ZBR / WLAD where Local Agents are being dismissed due to policy reorientations, not due to performance and are very likely to find themselves with insufficient medical insurance cover once unemployed and just when they will need it most.

1) Do you wish to be informed about the amount of interests earned and to approve the use of this interest to pay for the contributions of dismissed Local Agents to the CSISLA system for up to a year?

2) If the money earned as interest is insufficient, do you agree to use funds in the existing SAVINGS ACCOUNT to cover the contributions of Local Agents to the CSISLA scheme for the same purpose as in point 1?

We would much appreciate your replying to these questions.

NEAR YOU HORS UNION: Maria MANON and Dimitrije STANKOVIC
NEAR YOU EEAS: Victoria DAVYDOVA

Estimados colegas,

En el marco de los ejercicios ZBR del Servicio Exterior y WLAD de la Comisión, las respectivas Administraciones han acordado extender la cobertura médica del CSISLA - seguro de enfermedad complementario para todos los agentes locales- por un año a los agentes locales que sean licenciados en este ejercicio, con la condición de que los agentes locales pagasen tanto contribuciones del empleador (SEAE / COMM) como las del empleado (Agente local) - durante un año y… por adelantado!!!

Consideramos totalmente injusto, peor aún un castigo, en el contexto de estos ejercicios ZBR/ WLAD en los cuales los agentes locales están siendo despedidos -debido a la reorientación de políticas- no por su rendimiento laboral, queden los mismos sin cobertura de seguro médico una vez desempleados y sobretodo en el momento en que necesitan más apoyo de nuestra parte.

1) ¿Desea usted ser informado sobre el importe de los intereses devengados, y, aprobar el uso de estos intereses, para pagar las contribuciones de los colegas agentes locales despedidos al sistema CSISLA durante ese un año?

2) Si el dinero ganado en concepto de intereses no es suficiente, ¿estás de acuerdo para utilizar los fondos en la cuenta de ahorros existentes para cubrir las contribuciones de los agentes locales en el régimen CSISLA para el mismo propósito que en el punto 1?

Apreciaríamos mucho su respuesta a estas preguntas.

NEAR YOU HORS UNION: Maria MANON and Dimitrije STANKOVIC
NEAR YOU EEAS: Victoria DAVYDOVA

Contract Agents : The work-to-rule action

Contract Agents of the EU Delegation around the world are launching the 'Working to the Rule' initiative.
This global action aims to express our dissatisfaction with the message to staff from Mr. O'Sullivan and Mr. Fotiadis (Message to staff in Delegations about the New Staff Regulations, Ref. Ares(2013)2929868, dated 26 August 2013), and the unsatisfactory response provided to our concerns at the recent Head of Delegations annual conference in Brussels (September, 2013), in the context of the ongoing GIPs negotiations (Annex X to the proposed new Staff Regulation).

Over 50 delegations are joining the fight !

Letter of the EU Delegation to Ethiopia containing the message to staff dated 26 August 2013
Lettre de l'administration du 24/10/2013

Also read : Compass October 2013

Social Security system for the Local Agents in Delegations

Nous avons reçu cette réponse à la lettre ouverte des OSPs concernant le régime de sécurité sociale des agents locaux.

En réalité, le contenu de la lettre est insuffisant car les deux administrations prétendent déjà appliquer les textes, ce qui signifie qu'elles n'ont AUCUNE intention d'aller au-delà de ce qu'ils appliquent actuellement !

Il faut se méfier beaucoup du dernier paragraphe :
The time is right to engage in social dialogue on local agent issues in the forum of the EEAS Social Dialogue meetings held for this purpose, where further clarification on the implementation of Article 121 CEOS can be provided and broader issues relating to local agents in Delegations can be discussed.

Les dernières nouvelles indiquent que les deux administrations veulent ouvrir un dialogue pour entrer dans le paquet global AL des "broader issues"- y inclus des modifications notables aux conditions de travail et bien sûr PAS dans le sens positif (élimination de severance pay when a colleague voluntarily leaves the service, suppression des Special Conditions of Employment etc ...)

Nous voyons le futur très gris pour les nouveaux AL et aucune amélioration pour ceux qui sont en place.

Vent debout contre la modification de l'annexe X !

La modification de l'annexe X n'a jamais été mise sur la table des discussions sur le statut et la décision prise l'a été en dernière minute.

Les modifications apportées (réduction de 40% des droits à congés!!!) sont d'une portée telle qu'elles engendreront des conséquences majeures sur les conditions de santé psychiques et physiques des collègues en poste dans les pays "difficiles", conditions que le législateur et la Commission – en parlant d'une "modification non substantielle" – a décidé délibérément d'ignorer, en mettant sur le même plan Genève et Bagdad ou Kaboul.

Ces modifications sont discriminatoires, insensées et sans égales avec les pratiques normales des EM ou même des Nations Unies. Est-il normal qu'un collègue en poste à Kaboul ou au Malawi ait les même jours de droit de congés de base qu'un collègue vivant à Uccle, Vienne ou Paris?

Ces modifications impactent 3000 collègues, y compris les AC. Il est inacceptable que ce qui est peut-être le changement majeur apporté au Statut puisse être passé sous silence.

En particulier, il est essentiel de protéger les droits du personnel dans le cadre du contentieux qui est à prévoir suite à l'entrée en vigueur de ces modifications statutaires, dans la mesure où certaines ont un impact négatif évident sur les droits des collègues et que d'autres sont juridiquement contestables.

Near 17/07/2013

ROTATION 2013/2014

The "OUTSIDE THE EU" LOCAL SECTION (CLP HU), elected by over 3700 COMM members serving in Third Countries, wishes to inform colleagues at HQ about the proposed changes to the Staff Regulations and the impact on ROTATION to a Delegation.

DEVCO Management already indicated in June 2013 that it was becoming increasingly difficult to fill Delegation posts. DEVCO is now considering obligatory rotation for certain HQ profiles. Well done DEVCO ! the changes to Annex X will only exacerbate your problems.

Dear DEVCO/ELARG/TRADE/FPI & EEAS colleagues currently in HQ :

Are you in the rotation 2013?
Are you considering applying for a post in a Delegation in 2014 or later?

If yes , then also consider this:

Annex X to the Staff Regulation, which lays down the special provisions for EU Officials ( TAs/ Contract Agents) working in a Delegation in a Third Country, has been changed drastically in the recent "reform" of the Staff Regulations - all introduced at the last minute, without any discussion or consultation with the "OUTSIDE THE EU" elected Staff Representatives.

Major negative changes :
• proposed reduction of annual leave from 42 to 24 days,
• change of the flat rate allowance for annual leave travel from business class to economy
• new housing policy which will result in many cases in a personal contribution to the rent
• removal with your own furniture (no storage costs anymore)
• reductions in the Living Conditions Allowance in many countries.

As a result, you may easily end up with 30-40 % less income than you expected, depending on your future place of work and your family situation! You will be far from home , often in a volatile country situation which is ever-changing and with little recognition from the Service for your sacrifices - after all it's just like working in the EU isn't it?

The CLP HU is asked to be "patient" : the GIPs for the Staff Regulations must be negotiated too... the overall outcome will result in a net deterioration of current conditions. Annex X will be negative/unviable for many staff members. it will be anti-family with great consequences for staff with spouses and family

Suggestion:
Please ask your COMM hierarchy NOW and EEAS-MDR C (managing most of these files) which conditions will apply for your next four years in a Delegation with your spouse/children/dependents. Don't run the risk of going to an EU Delegation with certain expectations & being deeply disappointed with the reality you will find there!

COMM / EEAS decision-makers clearly have very limited/no experience of what it means for an Official to live & work in a Delegation for 4 years nor to be permanently posted in a Delegation as is curently the case for CAs.

Once again the "OUTSIDE THE EU" Staff Committee (CLP HU) calls on COMM/EEAS/EP/COUNCIL :

bullet

to limit the impact of modifications to Annex X

bullet

to respond to the complaints & genuine concerns of staff at HQ/ in Delegations

bullet

to engage in Social Dialogue with elected Staff Representatives of the 2nd LARGEST COMM LOCAL STAFF COMMITTEE

Helen CONEFREY
President "Outside the EU" Staff Committee/ CLP HU

CLP HU Elected Members: Helen CONEFREY, Siggi KRAHL, Alessandro LIAMINE, Hang NGUYEN, Alessandro CAMPO, Karin PEETERS, Maria MANON DE HERNANDEZ, Luc RADELET, Dimitrije STANKOVIC, Omar ABU EID, Girish AHUJA, Jacques BARDOUL, Clement BOURSE, Jordi CARRASCO-MUNOZ PRATS, Eyal INBAR, Pablo ISLA VILLAR, Andrea JANOHA , Mercy KIMANI, Sunil KUMAR, Otello MICUCCI, Angel MORENO DE TEJADA, Georges MUGENZI GANYANA, Modupe OMOPINTEMI, Aminata ONGOIBA, Jaime ROYO OLID, Jose Alberto TORONJO BENITEZ, Stefano VARRIALE

QUEL FUTUR POUR LES DELEGATIONS DU SEAE ?

Lettre ouverte à Mme Ashton.

Mme la Haute Représentante,

Le nouveau statut propose des modifications importantes de l'annexe X.

Selon nos informations ces modifications ont été inclues à votre demande explicite.

Nous ne comprenons pas l'objectif de cette démarche et le fait que la représentation du personnel n'a pas du tout été consultée.

Au vue des dernières décisions prises au SEAE (ICV) et celles en cours d'approbation (normes de logement) nous craignons que les modifications des articles de l'annexe X ne détériore davantage les conditions de travail et financières des collègues expatriés.

Il est fort regrettable que ces mesures arrivent au moment où plus de 70 collègues du SEAE et plus de 150 collègues de la Commission sont en rotation pour le mois de septembre 2013.

Le fait de partir en délégation est un choix de vie difficile, surtout quand une famille doit suivre, et ce choix doit être pris en connaissant tous les paramètres.

Nous vous demandons d'expliquer au plus tôt au personnel pourquoi ces mesures ont été proposées et d'en détailler l'impact sur les conditions des collègues en délégation.

EEAS PLUS              EEAS NEAR                 EEAS UNION SYNDICALE

Révision du Statut

Note demandant de ne pas modifier l'annexe X - Juin 2013

ANNEX X - DELEGATION STAFF UNDER ATTACK

THE EU MUST CONTINUE TO ATTRACT HIGHLY QUALIFIED, SKILLED & DEDICATED STAFF
PROPOSED CUTS TO ANNEX X; THE EU WILL BE OFFERING WORSE CONDITIONS THAN MULTILATERALS/ MEMBER STATES/COOPERATION AGENCIES

STOP THE GROUNDLESS ATTACK ON ANNEX X

The EEAS/EP claims 24 days of annual leave is enough –Georgetown, Delhi, Luanda are on a par with Brussels ?
Wave goodbye to your work/life balance.

Under the special provisions of Annex X expats serving in Delegations are entitled to greater annual leave, currently 42 days per annum. Anyone who has worked in a Delegation, no matter how “comfortable” it is perceived to be, is confronted daily by difficult and unusual situations which make individual/family life much more complex.

COMM expat staff in DEL have only 2 days of travelling time yet journeys may take up to 5 days for a return trip to Europe, to their country of origin. Holidays in the EU are often consumed by endless bureaucratic and legal tasks which cannot be dealt with effectively at a distance - how do you renew your GB passport in Papua New Guinea, your Greek passport in Paraguay, your driving license from Namibia? …

Reducing leave to 24 days – THE SAME AS IN THE EU – is ignoring the reality of Delegations - it is absurd to claim that working “outside the EU” is the same as within the EU. Proposed drastic cuts to Annual Leave to 24 days will be untenable for expatriate staff, especially those with families, where time for family unification, contact with relatives and friends, not to mention simple administrative issues in the EU and elsewhere, are all vital to maintain a healthy work/social life balance and to attract suitably qualified staff.

MEMBER STATES / EEAS CRITICISE COMM STAFF REGULATIONS AS BEING TOO GENEROUS – but where are they?
COMM is EVERYWHERE

Unsurprisingly, Member State Diplomats have tended to be posted to a limited number of countries in the start-up phase of the EEAS. COMMISSION staff are not picky – they are based in over 140 countries from the hardship countries & fragile states to those where life is considered to be less dangerous and difficult yet a constant challenge - COMM staff are far from home, in the interest of the service.

Medical attention can be a nightmare, the threat of natural disasters ever-present, security & safety a major concern, schools inadequate.. YET COMMISSION staff continue to do their job professionally and to contribute directly to the EU vision – creating a safer, prosperous future – why are they being targeted randomly for the brunt of the cuts?

The EEAS/EP claims Delegation staff is out of the office too often!
Yes, indeed - in the jungle, in a remote, mountain village……

COMM colleagues based in Delegations are obliged to carry out monitoring missions in the field, to undertake often hazardous journeys in order to get to where a project is being undertaken. Their jobs involve regular travel outside the capital – they are not politicians based almost permanently in the capital but operational staff - committed to their jobs and living in conditions which cannot be considered as equal to those of staff members living and working in the EU. How many EEAS members would undertake the difficult missions that COMM staff undertakes frequently without escorts/VIP treatment and the like? COMM staff are exposed to all types of risks..

STOP THE GROUNDLESS ATTACK ON ANNEX X !!!

OUTSIDE THE EU STAFF COMMITTEE
CLP HU

Contract Agents

The only EU Staff without Career Perspective :
Contract Agents : two working papers

Commission Staff in delegations

Local Staff Committee 'Outside union' - Comité local du personnel Hors Union

Elus de la liste NEAR You

Full members Alternates

CARRASCO-MUNOZ PRATS Jordi

ROYO OLID Jaime

CONEFREY Helen

BOURSE Clement

JANOHA Andrea

ABU EID Omar Fadel

KRAHL Siegfried

TORONJO BENITEZ Jose Alberto

KUMAR G.N. Sunil

ONGOIBA Aminata

LIAMINE Alessandro

ISLA VILLAR Pablo

MANON DE HERNANDEZ Maria

MORGADO Jose

PEETERS Karin

INBAR Eyal

STANKOVIC Dimitrije

OMOPINTEMI Modupe Oluwakemi Joan

 

[Top]

 

                    Page updated on 20/02/2016