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2000 Job-cuts & What we did about it


One afternoon in late July of 2006 word reached us; Council was demanding that 2.000 posts should be removed from the establishment plans of the EU Institutions.

Reza Fardoom ( 1) was scheduled to go to Bruxelles for a concertation the next day. A hasty meeting of our activists decided that the EP was by far the best bet to save as many jobs as possible, hopefully all jobs in every Institution.

Michael Ashbrook sent off email requesting information, support and meetings with the President to the 70 some MEPs, alternates, observers and assistants of the Budgetary Committee, which now held the power to destroy or save our jobs.

Within 30 minutes replies came in. Their tone was a relief compared to incompetent snobbery which infests some of the Disappointing Authority's replies. (Don't be fooled by the empty flattery that their spin-doctors spout in public. Ask them for help. You'll see.) The EP-mail was courteous and professional, treating us as what we are; citizens, not wage slaves.

Next afternoon Reza began prowling the corridors of the EP building and asking those who would listen which side they were on. He must have been very convincing, because he never found a soul who had the courage to look him straight in the eye and say "Yes! I want to sack 2.000 people.

" The closest to this position were the two Political Groups furthest to right, who never came up with clear answers. But from the Christian democrats on to the left (social democrats, liberals, light green, dark green) everyone promised to vote in favour of staff.

Meanwhile Michael kept the respectful pressure on through emails and phone calls. Feedback showed that 400, then 500, the 600 of the 732 MEPs were ready to stop Council. Things were looking better. To consolidate the gains, we launched an official Petition to the EP via emails to 30.000 colleagues.

By the time we had gotten through to a little more than half, the Disappointing Authority blocked us.

According to our bosses, defending 2.000 jobs is spamming. Not really surprising; as long as one Indian is left, all the chiefs will keep their jobs. We were too pressed for time to argue with them, so we sent the petition around on paper.

It is an unforgettable lesson; the MEPs and assistants of the EP, who hardly know us, defend our jobs. Meanwhile, the bosses, with whom we work every day, just stand in the way of our defence. We should all remember.

European Voice reported, on page 3, 23-29 November 2006 under the title "Finns 'obsessed ' with Commission job cuts" that "The Finnish presidency has been strongly criticized for failing to get a deal on the EU's 2007 budget this week by obsessing about cutting Commission staff jobs. … One EU official said that the presidency had been a 'total disaster' while others commented that the Finns were 'badly prepared' and 'obsessed' with getting other countries to back their call to slash 1.700 Commission posts. But Finnish Finance Minister Ulla-Maj? Wideroos failed to get majority support for the presidency's position after Spain, Italy and Poland, with the support of four other countries refused to sign up …. "

Can things get better. Yes! As we went to press only Austria and Finland remained in the anti-staff front.

Many individuals and groups have helped to save our jobs. Being a union, we pledge our solidarity to the EP assistants who stood by us in difficult times. They are your friends too, so defend them whenever they come under attack. In closing, we gratefully quote two EP people who took time to support us, the EU workers.


ONESTA GérardThomas Raeck
Vice-président du Parlement Européen Secrétaire général adjoint Groupe GUE/NGL


" -----Original Message-----
From: ONESTA Gérard mailto:gerard.onesta@europarl.europa.eu
Sent: jeudi 23 novembre 2006 18:59
Subject: 2000 posts in the establishment plan of the EU civil services / Message à l'attention de Mr Michael Ashbrook

… En ce qui concerne la suppression des 2000 postes mentionnés, le Groupe des Verts s'était exprimé contre la déclaration unilatérale du Conseil, dans ce domaine qui est de la compétence du Parlement européen. Le Parlement, avec le soutien des Verts, avait permis de restituer les crédits coupés pour 2007.
Au cours de la conciliation qui a eu lieu ce mardi à laquelle Gérard Onesta a participé, celui-ci s'est exprimé très clairement en ce sens. Il semble que même le Conseil ne soit plus convaincu de la pertinence de cette proposition, à l'exception des représentants de la Finlande et de l'Autriche. …. "
Edouard MEIER

Assistant de Gérard ONESTA,


Vice-président du Parlement Européen


From: RAECK Thomas thomas.raeck@europarl.europa.eu
Sent: 30 November 2006 10:23
Subject: RE: 2000 jobs
Sehr geehrter Herr Ashbrook,

wie Sie sicherlich erfahren haben, wenden sich die Abgeordneten der Fraktion GUE/NGL gegen den Vorschlag des Europäischen Rates, 2000 Stellen in den europäischen Institutionen zu streichen.

Deshalb haben sie bei der aushaltsdebatte und den Verhandlungen mit dem Rat gegen dieses Vorhaben des Rates gestimmt und die entsprechenden Änderungsanträge des Parlaments gegen eine Stellenreduzierung im Haushaltsverfahren unterstützt.

Angesichts einer Situation der fortschreitenden Erweiterung der Europäischen Union und einer Verstärkung der Integration über engere Kooperation stellt sich aus Sicht der Fraktion die Frage einer Reduzierung des aktuellen Personalbestandes der europäischen Institutionen nicht.

Diese Auffassung schließt gleichzeitig ein, das eine ständige Analyse der Effizienz der Tätigkeiten in den verschiedensten Bereichen vorgenommen werden muss, um eine hohe Qualität der Arbeit zu gewährleisten. …

Thomas Raeck

Secrétaire général adjoint

Groupe GUE/NGL

Parlement Européen



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