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Highlights of SID platform

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S olidarity with those who work for their money
I ndependence from those who don't
D emocracy in all decisions taken by groups of sane, adult humans


Theory


The full text of SID's Platform is given here.

Here are five highlights for you.

1) The contents of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights applies at work in the Institutions just as much as anywhere else.

2) Beyond the already established Charter, we need to move in the direction of Industrial Democracy (co/auto-gestion, Mitbestimmung). This system has been used successfully in Germany and Austria during the past three decades. Now it is time to apply it in the EU.

3) Like all workers, we (that includes you, dear reader) must defend our incomes and working conditions actively.

4) We need to be alert to various attempts to manipulate us and to put us under surveillance.

5) Billions of people around the world face problems like ours. Solidarity is part of the solution.

Practice


Taking the first and fifth highlight together, we can report some success.
There is a worldwide movement against inhuman punishments in the Iran and SID has been involved.

We got involved in two campaigns; one to save the life of Farzad Kamangar who has been condemned to death on a phony terrorism charge (see the top of our homepage) and the other one against lapidation .

Well Farzad is still alive and several sentences to death by lapidation have been commuted to non-lethal punishments.

Best of all, a bill to ban lapidation once and for all is now before the Parliament in Tehran.

We thank those who helped us with this work. Encouraged by this success, we have joined Amnesty International as an organisation.

Looking at the third highlight, we petitioned and lobbied the European Parliament against the 2000 job cuts proposed by the Finnish Presidency in 2006. Certain people said that it was a hopeless case and a lost cause. We decided to at least talk to the MEPs. How many jobs were cut in the end? Zero. "What a coincidence!" say certain people.

With regard to the fourth highlight, we are seeing an encouraging development. Three years ago the Commission refused to regulate RFID surveillance technology at all.

That did not stop the small but global anti-RFID movement. Now Commissioner Reding is beginning to talk about data protection and working on recommendations.

Much more progress is urgently needed, but at least a first step in a better direction has been taken. Oh, and SID is part of the anti-RFID movement.

More Work to Do


In Brussels, as in Luxembourg, we are concentrating on the precarious colleagues because they are under the worst pressure in this crisis.

It's always a good time to get involved with solidarity, independence and democracy.

SID - Solidarity, Independence, Democracy is an independent Trade Union of all EU Institutions employees (Je souhaite adhérer au SID…)

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