The JRC in Petten (NL): The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
U4U presents :
Agim Islamaj and Giovanni Placci
as candidates to the Petten LSC.
Vote : Tuesday 12 November from 9:00 to 15:00. Polling station : building 308 room 201.
What is the position regarding European School?
U4U asks that the budget for the European Schools be reinforced in the future MFF. U4U considers that the European Schools must constitute a model of education to all Member States. Moreover, European schools are very important for the expats community who need to ensure the schooling of their children in the mother tongue.
What is the position about staff reductions?
U4U opposed staff reductions in 2013 (2014-2020 budget), while the workload is increasing. Since the last reform and in the perspective of the upcoming negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, U4U is asking for an increase in staff to deal with new tasks (climate change, migration, etc.). The budget must enable the Commission to implement the political priorities of the Union it has set itself in conjunction with the Member States and the European Parliament.
What is your position in salary adjustments?
U4U considers that the remuneration adjustment mechanism in place today is working properly. We recall that apart from promotions (average 4 years) and steps (every two years), the adaptation is on average 2% per year. However, the remuneration freeze for 5 years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) has resulted in a loss of about 12% of purchasing power and substantial savings for the Commission.
What is your position in career capping?
The limitation of careers by the revision of the Staff Regulations in 2014 is a bad measure that penalises staff. In addition, this limitation reverses a part of the 2004 reform that were a compensation for other unfavorable measures. U4U asks the Commission to grant generously Senior Expert and Senior Assistant positions.
Why do you want to penalise retired staff by let paying them a special levy?
Contrary to other trade unions we never asked for it. U4U considers that pensioners should not have to pay the special levy, they have already paid it when they were active. Making pensioners pay the special levy is double taxation. Our organization is resolutely against it.
What do you want to do with our pension scheme?
Studies by Eurostat and the Commission show that our regime is in perfect balance. U4U wants the provisions of the Staff Regulations to continue to be applied.
It can be noted that the increase in the pensionable age in 2004 and 2014 was a political and symbolic measure imposed by the Member States, while the scheme was balanced. U4U asks the Commission to stop reforming pensions and, above all, not to raise the legal retirement age. Our organization has an average age of 48 years that is constantly increasing. The legal pension age, 66 years old, is high. No need to increase it again.