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CESI work priorities for 2017

On Friday, January 3, CESI’s Programme Commission met to discuss CESI’s work priorities and main activities for the year 2017.

In line with the motions adopted by the last CESI Congress in December 2016, the overarching topics to guide the work of the General Secretariat will be:

  • The future of Europe – Investing in people;
  • Public services – Delivering results; and
  • Digitalisation – Finding the balance.

Action points of the individual Trade Councils and Commissions, CESI’s specialised internal forums of debate for member organisations, include:

  • Employment and Social Affairs (SOC) Commission
    Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights (esp. regarding access to social protection, the implementation and application of the EU working time directive, and the role of public social investment for economic growth nd social cohesion)
    Working for higher youth employment rates (esp. in the context of necessary skills and a facilitated voluntary mobility of apprentices) – jointly with the Education Trade Council
  • Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) Commission
    Reducing gender pay and pensions gaps
    Combating violence against women, including moral abuse (esp. at work)
    Working towards better work-life balance for employees, especially in the field of caring responsibilities
  • Central Administration and Finances (ACF) Trade Council
    Highlighting the dangers of austerity politics for the functioning of public services
    Reducing in-work poverty
    Digitalisation (esp. its contribution to quality public services)
    Progressing on social dialogue (esp. concerning a follow-up to the agreement on the rights to information and consultation of workers of central administrations signed on 21 December 2015)
    Raising awareness about the role of tax administrations in fighting tax fraud and tax evasion
    Implementing worker-friendly telework schemes
    Working towards fair advancement and promotion schemes in the civil service
    Achieving an effective protection of public services in free trade and investment agreements
    Highlighting the role of public services in the intetration of migrants of refugees
    Combating violence against public service employees
  • Local and Regional Administration (LRA) Trade Council
    Integrating migrants (esp. with regards costs and consequences for administrations and challenges faced by employees)
    Impacts of digitalisation on local and regional administrations
    Equipping local and regional administration workers in terms of impacts of digitalisation on working conditions and employment relationships
    Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights for staff in local and regional administrations
    Addressing the phenomenon of freeman (i.e. criminal law responses to people refusing to recognise the state monopoly and structure while benefitting from it)
  • Health (SAN) Trade Council
    Following-up on the EU Green Paper on Health
    Dealing with shortages of human resources in the health sector
    Implications of Brexit on health personnel
    Collaborating for the benefit of mobile workers in the health care sector
    Achieving a sustainable recruitment of carers
  •  Education, Training, Research (EDUC) Trade Council
    Addressing migration-related challenges for public schools
    Achieving better professional training and dual education systems
    Improving the image of teachers
    Achieving more moral and material support for the education system and education staff
    Working for higher youth employment rates (esp. in the context of necessary skills and a facilitated voluntary mobility of apprentices) – jointly with the Employment and Social Affairs (SOC) Commission
  • Post and Telecoms (P&T) Trade Council
    Working towards an operational ‘Committee to assess economic regulation in the telecommunications sector’ (CEREST)
    Addressing impacts of digitalisation in the post and telecom sectors
    Achieving better flexible working time organisation schemes for workers in the post and telecoms sectors
    Creating more age-appropriate working places
    Fighting social dumping in the post and telecoms sectors
    Raising awareness about problems related to liberalisations in the post and telecoms sectors
  • Security (SEC) Trade Council
    Improving counter-terrorism systems and external border controls/related data exchanges
    Raising awareness about the role and work of employees in the security sector
    Coming forward with a proposal on a fund to security sector employees going through a trauma
  •  Justice Trade Council
    Addressing challenges linked to privatisations in the justice sector and especially of prisons
    Highlighting the right of association and industrial action for justice sector employees
    Working towards a better training and equipment and a better prevention of violence against employees in the justice sector
    Assessing the impacts of the migration on the penitentiary system
    Preventing violence against justice employees and achieving better work-life balance for them
    Addressing challenges linked to data exchange and data surveillance
  •  Defence (DEF) Trade Council
    Pooling and legitimising security measures in Europe (esp. in the context of the European defence union and the EU Defence action plan)
    Raising awareness about implications of cuts in the defence budgets
    Improving working conditions and rights of civil and military employees of the defence sector
    More information about the individual Trade Councils and Commissions can be accessed here. The meeting dates of the individual trade councils and commissions for the year 2017 will be set shortly.

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