EU social dialogue: Landmark agreement on digitalisation in central government administrations

Today, on October 6, the European social partners for central government administrations, the Trade Union’s National and European Delegation (TUNED) and the European Public Administration Employers (EUPAE), signed a unique and ambitious agreement on the rights of workers in central government administrations in the digital era.

Among others, it includes the right to telework, to disconnect, to a better work-life balance, to training, to health and safety, and to data protection.

In particular, it establishes that telework remains voluntary, reversible, and available for every worker – and it makes clear that trade unions and social partners will have a major role to play in the design and the implementation of telework arrangements.

CESI Secretary-General Klaus Heeger said: “Today, we have signed a landmark agreement on digitalisation, which will have or has a direct, visible impact on workers. It is intrinsically logic; it is comprehensive and extensive. It is a direct source of rights for workers in central governments administrations – and it will hopefully extend to other sectors. As such, represents a clear added social value of the European social dialogue. And as such it stands for a clear added social value of the EU.”

The full agreement is available here: SDC CGA Agreement on digitalisation – EN.