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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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Our Original is Hard to Copy


SID has specialized in e-petitions for some time now and welcomes the attempt of another union to follow the example.

It is important to help colleagues who are being cheated out of their pensions and whoever did the legal research for that petition is certainly competent.

We would almost endorse this effort of our Christian-democratic co-workers, if there were not a few fatal flaws at the very end.

It is demanded that "the Commission oblige the Member States".

This is absurd because the Commissioners are dependant on the Member States and dare not bite the 27 hands that feed them lucrative posts.

Besides that, where is the article in the Treaty that gives the Commission the right to oblige the Member States to do anything?

One more thing; considering our experience with Commissioners, why should we imagine that they have had a sudden change of heart and are now willing to fight for our rights? Up to now they have been on the other side.

The petition drafters have perhaps sensed how hopeless their first proposal is and offer a Plan B; if the negotiations fail, "the Commission must ask the Council to amend the Staff Regulations".

That would make Council very happy. We would hardly escape with a simple doubling of the Special Levy.

There would probably be a toxic cocktail of longer hours, lower salaries and pensions, and perhaps the old Finnish proposal to cut a couple of thousand jobs would be dusted off and taken from the shelf.

SID takes calculated risks with its own status when it tweaks the moustaches of certain high arcs, but we never play fast and loose with the few remaining rights of staff.

Our long term goals are far reaching; the full application of fundamental rights and industrial democracy at work but putting our Staff Regulations on the dissecting table of Council this year is a "tails you win, heads I lose" type of bet.

For these reasons, and not out of jealousy, we recommend that you do not sign the "PETITION « Transfer out » of pension rights All statutory staff with less than 10 years employment are concerned.

A call for solidarity in a common battle!"

But this is not meant to discourage or discredit our colleagues.

If they redirect their petition to the European Parliament it might do a lot of good.


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


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

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