Why should I join ?
Why joining U4U ?
|To deal with the
constant attacks against the statute, to fight against the
institutionalization of job insecurity, to protest against the downgrading
of our working conditions, us, the staff, must be strong and needs to
That is why we urge you to join U4U now. We need
members that will support us; we need members to help us develop our
positions and to carry out our actions.
Without your strong and determined membership we have limited influence
as a union. The more we are united, the stronger we are and the more we are
ready to rally people together.
We are an organisation that is non-bureaucratic, assertive, creative and
full of fighting spirit. We do however need to draw more people together,
to rally ever more colleagues in order to be even more efficient. This is
impossible without your help, so please do not hesitate to become one of our
|I am already member of other associations, can
I join ?
||U4U is a united platform of reflection and
concerted action that draws on a network of groups present throughout the
Directorate Generals. Membership in U4U is compatible or even complementary
with other activities, trade unions or political associations.
|I am already active in an Action Group which is
sponsored or supported by U4U, can I join ?
||Yes, of course, you will be in a better
position for influencing our policy.
|I feel disconnected from the Unions and I am
not sure the Unions recognize my worries. Why should I join one ?
||Trade-unions are not something outside the
staff community, taking in charge other people's concerns
as a benevolent godfather would do. Unions are made up of the people who want to have
their voice heard, their interests promoted, their claims presented to the
In other words, if one wishes to be represented and his interests
protected, he should join this union and better, participate actively in it.
Our strength is coming from our membership and from no other source.
|I do not want to be a passive member. How can I
join the fight ?
||You can help us in many different ways : being
a contact point in a DG or an institution, being active in an Action group
(or even create one), take topical responsibilities, write for our
The best is to contact a
manager and to have a face to face discussion. In any case, our
structure is not rigid, we welcome newcomers.
|Will my voice be heard in U4U ?
||All members can come to our meetings that are
announced on our home page and participate in them. No red tape, no
conditions... all members are part of the team !
|Your communication is mainly in French, why
don't you use other European languages ?
||We do, but obviously we need to improve. This
is why, if you are fluent in other languages, you will be extra useful ! Do
not hesitate to join and to help us to use more languages.
|Your membership fee is very
low compared to other trade-unions, why it is so ?
||We want to represent and
fight for all categories of staff, including those who do not enjoy a high
We try to keep costs as low as possible,
using IT for efficient communication. We do not distribute gadgets (pen,
mugs, calendars...), we do not publish on glossy paper (it helps us to keep
a low carbon footprint), we rely on voluntary work, in other words we try to
be lean but combative.
Who can apply for membership ?
I am an END, can I apply ?
|Yes, all persons working for
the institutions can join regardless of their status (contract agent,
temporary, parliamentary assistant, interim contract…).
|I am working for the EEAS,
can I apply ?
||Yes, all persons working for
any European institutions can join.
How can I apply for
|Please fill in the
two forms on this page :
- the bank authorization
- the membership form
and it is done ... !
|Will I receive a membership
||No, we are trying to keep
the administrative overhead minimal. You will receive a welcoming message
giving you some information about this trade-union.
|Can I resign from U4U ?
||Yes, send an e-mail to
email@example.com Please take time
to explain why you want to leave us, it might help us to improve.
|How much do I have really to
||You can choose between two
types of fees : normal or sponsor. Please
refer here for their description.
I would like to join but how do I
pay? do I just send this bank authorization and you will take it from my
bank account automatically?
The SEPA is a secured system initially promoted by the
European Commission. The 'debtor' stays in control of his bank account as he
can ask for the refund to his own bank.
|Can I join without signing a
bank authorisation (SEPA form) ?
||Yes, please pay your
membership fee into our bank account.
If I fill in the membership form but
do not fill in the SEPA form, what will happen ?
|You will receive an
invitation to fill it in.
|What is a SEPA form ?
is a document that authorizes the trade-union to withdraw from your account
the membership fee and the price of any service you subscribe to, such as
|How can I pay if my bank is
not part of the SEPA scheme ?
||Pay by bank transfer into
our bank account.
|May I fill in a SEPA form
that I can sign manually or keep on my computer as a file, for my records ?
use this form and send it to us with the 'send' button. You can save it
on your computer as any pdf file.
Or print it, fill it in
manually, sign it, scan it and send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org from the e-mail address you indicated in your
|Where do I find my IBAN and
BIC code ?
||On your bank extract of
account or, if you have an online account, on your web personal page. Be
extra careful when copying these codes, any error will lead to the rejection
of the form.
|I don't know what to put in
the field 'Référence du débiteur' of the SEPA form.
||Leave it blank.
I have received this message :
Sorry, your request cannot be processed for the following reason : Invalid
IBAN code. What does it mean ?
|Your SEPA form is
incorrectly filled in, you should send again the corrected SEPA form.
|I have received this message
: Thank you for having sent your SEPA form. However, we cannot match it
with a registration form. What does it mean ?
||We could not find your
registration, probably because it was sent from an e-mail address different
from the one you used to send the SEPA form. Please fill in a registration
form for membership, indicating the same mailbox in the field 'e-mail'.
When my bank account will be debited
|Normally, a week after your
|The form to fill in (SEPA form) described in
part 1 of the process refers to a bank account for U4U that is different
from the bank account described in a blue box on the
contact web page. Which one
is correct ?
||The ID on the SEPA form is not a bank account
but corresponds to the authorization to use the SEPA system. The bank
account in the blue box is the correct one.
|The SEPA form indicates that it is a 'recurring'
order ? why ?
||Your membership fee will be automatically
renewed, unless you resign from this trade-union.
Most "collective bargaining" takes place quietly and
agreements are eventually reached by the union and the employer. Occasionally
disagreements do occur and the two sides cannot agree. In these cases, the union
may decide to take industrial action.
|Are there some rules defining strikes in the
||There is a
Framework Agreement between the Commission and the staff unions which
lays down the rules. Article 36 provides that "the signatory
representative organisations involved shall serve notice of any concerted
|Will participating to a strike expose me to
disciplinary measures ?
||Article 42 says that "Staff choosing to
strike shall be free to do so without let or hindrance." That means that
those who participate in the strike have nothing to fear.
the Commission will deduct 1/30th of your monthly salary per day of strike
(Unless an agreement is reached between the parties as a conclusion to the
disagreement, expressly providing that days of strike will be paid).
|What happens if I choose not to participate ?
||Article 43 stipulates that "during the
concerted work stoppage, staff choosing not to strike shall be free to do so
without let or hindrance."
|May I be called to work by my employer,
independently of my choice ?
||Only colleagues who are officially required to
come to work because of their responsibilities for the safety of persons and
property are obliged to work. The list of those colleagues is drawn up by DG
HR in consultation with the Unions.
|Must I be unionized to strike ?
||No. Everybody is welcome to join a strike.
|Is there a Solidarity Fund that may reimburse
my salary losses, in total or in part ?
However, when an action is foreseen to involve many work days and/or
particularly affect a category of staff, a Solidarity Fund might be
The Rules for this Fund, including the eligibility for a refund, are
defined and published at this occasion.
|Must all Unions agree for deciding on a strike
||No. Some unions may call for a strike and
Disagreeing is a normal stance in political matters, including
staff representation. Unions may not agree on the diagnostic of the
situation, on the best form of a protest, on the objectives of a strike or
Ultimately, each staff member have to make his own choice, after
listening to all reasons presented to him.
|Why can't all unions unite in defence of staff
||For the same reason not all political
parties unite in defence of citizen interests. They represent various
interests, they are motivated by various philosophical choices.
U4U (Union for Unity) has been created to try to overcome
divisions, as far as possible, and to promote common actions, common fronts,
common objectives ... This is why we disseminate widely our analyses and try
to build unity on some objectives that all can share, including strikes, of