Against the background of the challenges public services are facing nowadays, digitalization and artificial intelligence, as well as sustainable developments goals on top of many others, the project’s main general objective is to underline the overall societal importance of public services and public sector’s personnel in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and the new social agenda of the European Commission.
The project will include sectoral working groups, a study featuring some key data on the public sector in the early 2020s, an EU symposium and an EU-level campaign on the value of efficient public services and public sector employees, stressing the social return on investment that they generate.
#PULSER specific objectives are:
- Provide knowledge on the political agenda of the European Commission and developments of the European Pillar of Social Rights to sectoral working groups
- Assess the problem through these sectoral working groups and an expert study which shall highlight in which sectors and in which Member States gaps still persist
- Raise awareness among policymakers and the public about the added value of performing public services with proper public services and its personnel.
The working groups with the representatives involved in the project are:
- Justice services, representing police personnel, prison officers and justice sector staff in all levels of the judicial systems
- Health services, representing hospital staff, nurses and physicians
- Central government administration and finance as well as local and regional administration, representing personnel in all levels and sections of government, agencies and public bodies
- Education and training, representing teachers and educators in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as in VET and further professional training
In the context of a modernisation of public services, CESI member trade unions will always speak up for the necessary investments in human resources and better equipment, to be considered not as a mere cost, but as a return for the economy and for society, thus supporting public recognition of the value and need for performing public services and public workforce.