Programme Commission discusses CESI priorities for 2018

On January 26, the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of CESI’s horizontal Commissions and sectoral Trade Councils -CESI’s specialised internal forums of debate for member organisations- met in Brussels to discuss their priorities for 2018. Like every year in January, this meeting of the ‘Programme Commission’ kicked off the new year’s activities of CESI’s Trade Councils and Commissions.

The work priorities were set for all of CESI’s Commissions and Trade Councils against the background of the general agenda of the European institutions and the CESI General Secretariat: Employment impacts of digitisation and the future of work will remain fundamental priorities for all sectors, and negative consequences of privatisation measures and budgetary cuts will continue to be major concerns for the different public sectors whose workers CESI represents.

While CESI’s sectoral focus for 2018 will lie predominately on education, vocational training, the Security Union and the Defence Union, the Trade Councils and Commissions will among others focus on the following topics:

  • Commission ‘Employment and Social Affairs’: implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights;  impacts of digitalisation on employment; psychosocial risks at work
  • Commission ‘Women’s Rights and Gender Equality’: Social and labour market integration of women refugees and migrants; digitalisation at work as an opportunity for men and women alike; equal pay and pensions
  • Trade Council ‘Central Administration and Finances’: Tax administration staff in the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion; wage level protection in the public services; implementation of the 2015 EU sectoral social partner agreement on the right to information and consultation in central government administrations
  • Trade Council ‘Local and Regional Administration’: Impacts of privation in public transport; strengthening social dialogue at the local level; employment conditions and recruitment in municipalities in competition with the private sector
  • Trade Council ‘Security’: Security sector personnel in the fight against organised crime, anti-terrorism and the prevention of radicalisation
  • Trade Council ‘Justice’: Challenges linked to privatisation in justice systems; EU level industrial relations dispute resolution mechanisms for prison officers in EU Member States
  • Trade Council ‘Education, Training and Research’: Teaching values and preventing radicalisation through education; valuing the teaching profession and supporting school staff
  • Trade Council ‘Health Services’: Application and impacts of EU working time directive in the health sector; safety aspects of healthcare professionals in the preparation and administration of dangerous medicines
  • Trade Council ‘Post and Telecoms’: Impacts of the new EU Directive on cross-border parcel delivery services; social plans in restructurings in telecoms and postal services; quality of work in telecoms and postal services
  • Trade Council ‘Defence’: Common rights of staff in joint operations under the Common Security and Defence Policy; joint training with common equipment in common structures in European defence

Further information is available in the dedicated website section on each of the Commissions and Trade Councils.

As in every year, CESI’s Trade Councils and Commissions will each meet up to two times in 2018, hearing and discussing with a variety experts and representatives from think tanks, academia and the EU Institutions. As such, the Commissions and Trade Council play an instrumental role in CESI’s interest representation and advocacy work.

Picture: CESI Programme Commission © CESI 2018