Distribution of competences between :
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le Comité du personnel et les organisations syndicales et professionnelles (OSP)
STAFF COMMITTEE: WHY? FOR WHOM?
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In the European institutions and bodies, as in the national systems, officials, staff and pensioners have formed unions to better defend their collective interests.
Because of the specificity of the statute applicable to them, they have been led to create trade unions intended to form a counter-power to their employer: the European Community.
Union Syndicale (US) – a European public service union with a presence in all the European and international institutions, bodies and other organisations – maintains links of solidarity and cooperation with European trade unions such as the ETUC and the ICFTU, as well as with national trade unions; in Luxembourg, this is the OGB-L in particular.
The most important decisions affecting us, those that determine our status, i.e. our conditions of employment, pay and pensions, are taken by the Council of the Union: ultimately, our ultimate employer is the Member States.
However, in this legislative process, the European Commission has an important institutional role: it has the right of initiative.
The trade unions and professional organisations (OSP) are recognised as interlocutors of the institutions in matters of modification of the Staff Regulations and conditions of employment in general.
Someone who is able to negotiate without being able to mobilise staff is a theoretician; someone who mobilises staff without being able to negotiate is an agitator. Union Syndicale knows how to negotiate and how to mobilise: it is the combination of the two that makes it effective.
To implement the Staff Regulations, each institution adopts general implementing provisions; here too, your representatives must be able to negotiate by defending balanced and coherent positions.
In addition, each of us, in the institution or body where we work, is subject to a hierarchy and an authority that takes decisions that affect us individually.
Union Syndicale informs, advises and defends you and can even provide you with legal assistance.
Whether at collective or individual level, US is capable of ensuring a responsible and coherent defence, which it has demonstrated on many occasions.
Or, Its effectiveness will also depend on its representativeness, which you can strengthen by joining.
Each institution or body has a Staff Committee (SC) and a series of joint bodies: this is the statutory representation of staff.
You are represented in your own right by this structure, which is provided for in the Staff Regulations. But the Cdp has neither the same nature nor the same role as the unions.
It is, of course, in your interest that your CoP works in the best possible way, in harmony – and not in conflict – with the trade union representation of your choice.
A strong US also guarantees a strong and respected CoP within your institution.
US is an association, which was created by the free will of its founders. It still relies on the free will of its members who decide to join and who commit themselves to make it work.
It functions democratically. Its members elect its organs, which undertake to ensure its day-to-day operation:
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At the General Assembly, members elect and set the guidelines for union policy
- control committee (3 members)
- executive committee (15 members)
- Delegations: Commission, OPOCE, Parliament, Court of Justice, Court of Auditors, Translation Centre, pensioners, etc.
- all members of the delegations = trade union council
- Union Syndicale is proud of its independence. It operates with its own resources, based on the contributions paid by its members. Moreover, by claiming to be representative, it can obtain additional resources from the institutions.
- To ensure coherent action, the different trade union bodies at each level – institution or body, place of employment, or inter-place (federal) – must coordinate.
- At the highest level, this coordination is carried out by Union Syndicale Fédérale (USF):