New Commission framework will have limited impact on reducing social impact of restructuring for public sector workers, says CESI Secretary General

13 Dec 2013, keywords :

The European Commission this week published a Quality Framework for Anticipation of Change and Restructuring (QFR) which aims to address the negative social impact which follows such action. MEP’s, who called for a binding framework in the so-called Cercas report adopted earlier this year, will no doubt be disappointed by the proposals which promote sharing best practices reducing the social impact in anticipation of change and restructuring.

New Commission framework will have limited impact on reducing social impact of restructuring for public sector workers, says CESI Secretary General

This is an issue CESI has followed from the beginning, particularly closely from the point of view of public sector employees. This has been through the involvement of CESI in the Central and Government Administration social dialogue committee, in which it is a recognised social partner at the European level.

The QFR follows the publication of a paper from the Commission in January 2012 aimed at sparking discussing on the topic and a report from the European Parliament, lead by Spanish Socialist and Democrat MEP Alejandro Cercas, in January 2013. In response to the Commission Green paper launched in 2012, CESI, through its participation in the Central and Government Administration social dialogue committee, welcomed the recognition that public sector employees are affected by cutbacks across the EU and that the impact of restructuring must be dealt with in the public sector.

In response to the new proposals released today (13 December) CESI is pleased to see recognition of the public sector once again. The public sector, as the Commission states, “plays a pivotal role in shaping our economy and society”, not least through the employment of approximately 25% of the EU’s workforce.

However, the Commission only calls on Member States to “explore ways of applying the proposed QFR to public sector employees”. Commenting on the Commission’s framework, CESI Secretary General Klaus Heeger said: “”By only asking Member States to ‘consider’ applying this framework to public sector employees, the Commission is not giving public sector workers what they deserve – the same treatment as all other workers. The impact that this framework will have in helping to reduce the negative social effects of restructuring in the public sector is, to say the least, very limited.”

The Quality Framework for Anticipation of Change and Restructuring (QFR) can be downloaded here.