The Justice Trade Council gathers representatives to share expertise, compare national reforms, exchange best practices and elaborate positions on EU initiatives in this field.
Justice is at the heart of European fundamental and social rights, laying the foundations for a fair society. If the challenges facing the justice sector diverge throughout Europe, privatisation and cuts in personnel are a reality felt throughout the sector. With the number of workers cut, the workload has increased even more. In prisons in particular, staff shortages have sparked a situation where European fundamental and social rights are at stake. The increasing tendency to privatise prisons, by putting profit above security, the situation for working conditions and human rights has worsened.
CESI aims to improve working conditions, by matching the number of employees to the demand of workload and to increase the attractiveness of the sector. Fully implementing trade union rights as well as establishing a transparent, well-functioning social dialogue is at the heart of CESI’s work.
In 2017, the Justice Trade Council will work on addressing challenges linked to privatisations in the justice sector and especially of prisons; highlighting the right of association and industrial action for justice sector employees; working towards a better training and equipment and a better prevention of violence against employees in the justice sector; assessing the impacts of the migration on the penitentiary system; preventing violence against justice employees and achieving better work-life balance for them, and addressing challenges linked to data exchange and data surveillance.
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat