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On 17 December 2010, under the EU Belgian Presidency, the European social partners, TUNED and EUPAE, launched the Social Dialogue Committee for Central Government administrations (SDC CGA) with the support of the European Commission. At the time it was the 40th European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.

It followed on from a long period of informal social dialogue that culminated in a successful two-year test phase in 2008 and 2009 on a formal social dialogue. During that period, topics such as equality and diversity, geographical and occupational mobility, trust in governments, information and consultation rights of employees and civil servants were discussed. TUNED is the EPSU-led trade union delegation that consists of affiliates of EPSU and CESI in all EU member states, except Slovenia, as well as Norway and EU candidate countries. The EPSU/CESI cooperation agreement is available here.

The TUNED spokesperson is the chair of the EPSU NEA committee, Britta Lejon, ST, Sweden. EUPAE is the EU Public Administration Employers platform. As of today it consists of the following 15 national administrations : Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, UK. The secretariat of EUPAE is currently assumed by the French administration (DGAFP), following on from the Belgian administration. The chair of the SDC CGA alternates every year between TUNED and EUPAE, for more information please see rules of procedure of the Committee. The objectives of the Committee are to encourage and develop the social dialogue between the trade unions and employers at European and national levels on issues relevant to the sector, improve the quality of employment and of services provided for the general interest, and respond to the Commission’s consultations on social and employment policy that have an impact on the central government sector. Multiannual workprogrammes are adopted by the Committee (see section adopted documents).

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British Government drafts plan to undermine union

(Press Communication – 20 November 2014) Senior human resource officers in the ministry of revenue and customs in the UK are discussing proposals that would involve marginalizing the PCS, the main civil service union. The plans, leaked in a secret document published by PCS, include reducing the trade union’s facilities time and other measures to destabilize the union and minimize its influence. EPSU, Europe’s leading federation representing civil and public servants of which PCS is a member, (...)

Social partners seek to improve quality of government administrations

EU social partners in central government discuss concrete ways to improve the quality of public services dealing with people in vulnerable situations (Public statement -18 November 2014) On 6-7 November 2014 in Bercy, Paris, EU social partners in central government held a conference with the participation of 90 delegates from 15 EU countries and Georgia to follow up on their Framework Agreement for the quality of public services in central government. Representatives of users of publics (...)

Government affiliates elect chair and discuss information and consultation

(9 October 2014) On 1 October, the EPSU NEA Committee, representing workers in central government and EU administration, elected Britta Lejon, ST Sweden as new President, as well as two vice-presidents Stélios Tsiakkaros, Interco-CFDT France and Marco Ouwehand, FNV-Abvakabo, Netherlands. The meeting took stock of the progress made with EUPAE, the employers’ platform, towards establishing EU standards on workers’ rights to information and consultation in line with the EPSU NEA Congress (...)

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on National and European Administration

Defending social dialogue, pay and conditions for ECB employees

(19 September 2014) EPSU signed an agreement to extend information and consultation rights to workers employed in the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi, 17 September 2014. The SSM will execute the specific tasks of the ECB concerning policies relating to the supervision of credit institutions. The SSM brings together workers of the ECB and the national authorities of Member States who will work in integrated structures, in particular (...)

Italian Prime Minister Renzi urged to secure Tax on Financial Transactions

(Brussels 7 July 2014 - EPSU Press Communication) As Italy takes over the EU presidency, a letter signed by NGOs and trade union urges Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to secure agreement on the EU draft directive for a tax on financial transactions (FTT) . “Mr Renzi has pledged to push for growth and jobs over austerity and bring back much needed social cohesion in Europe. An FTT is central to this agenda. The tax will curb speculation, make the financial sector pay for the social and (...)

EC proposals to lift VAT exemptions for public services belong to dustbin of bad ideas

Press Communication – 5 May 2014 In a public consultation that closed 25 April last, the Commission proposes to lift VAT exemptions for the public sector or services/activities of the general interest. Those exemptions from the EC VAT regime were designed to respond to the specific social, economic and redistributive objectives of public services, social security schemes and other general interest activities. They allow public authorities to provide those services on a not-for-profit (...)

New EU Platform to fight undeclared work: progress or fig leaf?

(Press Communication - 10 April 2014) Following a consultation of social partners, the European Commission launched on 9 April a Platform to coordinate national actions and related EU bodies to prevent and deter undeclared work. It will bring together labour law and social security authorities, social partners, and the ILO. The Commission seeks to step up a coordinated fight against undeclared work that leaves workers with no rights and protection, undermines funding of social security, (...)

Unions sound alarm over functioning of European System of Central Banks and ECB staffing: dangers for the Euro

(13 March 2014) The crucial and critical role of the European financial system on which hundreds of millions of workers, their families, communities and thousands and thousands of businesses, small and large depend is put in danger by staffing, employment and outsourcing policies that seek to squeeze workers in the national central banks and European Central Bank. The ECB makes excessive use of short-term contracts, consultancies, temporary agencies as well as three year contract workers (...)

41st meeting of the Standing Committee on National and European Administration

4 February 2014 Jean Monnet Building (room M2), Plateau du Kirchberg, Luxembourg This is to invite you to the 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on National and European Administration. The meeting will take place in Luxembourg, Jean Monnet Building (room M2), Plateau du Kirchberg on 10 October 1013. It will start at 09:00 SHARP and end at 16:30 at the latest. An area map is enclosed for information. Interpretation has been requested to and from French, English, German, Italian, (...)

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