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The D stands for Democracy

Trade Unions

The "D" stands for Democracy.

So SID will certainly never tell anyone how to vote, "usefully" or otherwise.

Some of the biggest unions insist that you must vote for one list only because they want you to think that

conformism = unity = strength.

The fact is, that you have a Right to choose 27 candidates

from the 9 lists as you see fit.

No union boss can stop you.

So go ahead and vote for people, if you like.

Voting is Good

but be aware that

IPSO(ECB syndicate): "Strike Tremendous Success"

2009.05.25 Why are ECB staff striking?
IPSO has called for a "warning strike" on 3 June 2009

Given the recent press coverage concerning this announcement, IPSO would like to clarify that the announced protest action is not primarily about the so-called Pension Reform.

IPSO challenges the ECB's perception of its "right of unilateral decision making" and has made repeated claims for full negotiation and collective bargaining rights in the form that exist in all other EU and similar public service organisations.

As a first example of a more balanced approach to labour relations at the ECB, IPSO offered to conclude a collective agreement that would fully grandfather (identical regime or equivalent value) the current Pension Scheme for all current beneficiaries.

IPSO has constructively and conscientiously contributed within the ECB consultation framework on the proposals to reform the Pension Plan. We have repeatedly offered to negotiate a settlement, but so far without any positive response from the ECB. Accordingly, IPSO was forced to escalate the dispute and did this by launching a series of protest actions. The protests clearly demonstrated the support that IPSO enjoys in representing its members' interests and succeeded in underlining the legitimate demands of staff for fair and balanced labour relations.

It is IPSO's view that news of the planned strike action is being used by the ECB to focus the discussion on the Pension Reform and not have too much light shed on its undemocratic and archaic approach to labour relations – a regime that simply does not belong to a modern public service institution.

Quoting from Charles Handy:

"Businesses and indeed all institutions are communities not properties, and their inhabitants are to be more properly thought of as citizens rather than employees."

"Citizens in all democracies have the right to justice, free speech and a say in the governance of their society."

It is in this light that those citizens of Europe who are employed by the ECB, particularly those who have left their homes countries to ensure that "European" in the context of the "European Central Bank" is no misnomer, feel disrespected and abused by the institution.

Source: C. Handy (1997) Edited extract from The Hungry Spirit. New York: Random House, 179-204.


Dear Colleagues,

The first-ever strike at the ECB on 3 June 2009 was a tremendous success, resulting in a world-wide media echo. Many thanks go to all our supporters and the almost 400 staff members who were able to participate.

We were delighted by the turnout, despite the ECB's best efforts to limit participation via the envisaged salary deduction and the creation of a "list" of strikers. We'll be writing to the ECB's DPO in due course to ask for a check on the handling and retention of this very sensitive data.

The aim of the strike was to raise public attention about the peculiar situation concerning workers' rights and the widely-perceived "democratic deficit" in the house. This aim was achieved as evidenced by the neutrally balanced and generally positive press coverage.

The strike also received widespread support from the trade unions operating in the national central banks, and was seen as a milestone towards a potential escalation of industrial action coordinated at the Eurosystem level.

Selected press articles may be found below. A more detailed report of the event is attached.

We will get back to you as soon as we have received a reaction from the Executive Board or Governing Council.

Kind regards,

Adrian Petty.

On behalf of IPSO

Press Reports of the Strike Action on 3 June 2009

BBC News Handelsblatt
Financial Times Frankfurter Rundschau
Reuters Frankfurter Allgemeine
CNBC Público
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Malaysian Insider
Financial Times Deutschland Les Echos
BBC News Tageblatt eco (LU)

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