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European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions

The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) is a confederation of 40 trade union organisations from 20 European countries and 4 European trade union organisations, with a total of more than 5 million individual members. 1 further trade union organisations enjoys observer status.

2021: Bring it on! | Editorial of the Secretary-General Klaus Heeger

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Dear members, colleagues, friends and partners of CESI, Do you still remember how 2020 started? Do you still remember which expectations, plans and objectives you had for the year to come? Do you still remember how many times you said and wrote “happy new year 2020”?

European independent trade unions re-elect Romain Wolff and Klaus Heeger as President and Secretary General

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At the 8th Congress of the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI), held online on yesterday and today, Romain Wolff and Klaus Heeger were re-elected President and Secretary General. Urs Stauffer was re-elected as Treasurer.

CESI celebrates 10 years of active contribution to the European sectoral social dialogue for central government administration

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On December 3rd 2020 CESI joined with EPSU (as part of the ‘TUNED’ employee delegation) and the employer social partner EUPAE on the 10th anniversary of the EU Social Dialogue Committee for Central Government Administrations (SDC CGA) to adopt a common statement highlighting the achievements of the sectoral social dialogue and setting its priorities for the future.

CESI on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

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CESI has published the priorities of independent trade unions in Europe for a more effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at the level of the EU and the Member States, as part of a consultation on the same topic by the European Commission, which intends to public an action plan in early 2021.

CESI Webinars #NoPrecariousWork with Eurofound

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Within the framework of the mainly EU funded project “Precarious work: empowering trade unions to address new challenges” that CESI is currently managing, Eurofound researchers host two complementary webinars on non-standard forms of employment and the role of social partners in the EU in tackling precarious work.

What are public employers up to?

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We are looking towards the Covid-19 vaccine with hope. But at the same time, we are looking at the behaviour of numerous public service employers with concern. What’s giving us cause for concern? That public service employees are prepared to take on all the difficulties of working from home to ensure that public administration can continue to function correctly. Employers have been blessed with restrictions which, without the pandemic, most of them wouldn’t have given a second thought. Why is this?

European Vocational Education and Training Week 2020

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CESI spokesperson for VET, Stefan Nowatschin, and CESI Youth Representative and founding member of the European Apprentices Network, Matthäus Fandrejewski, took part in the European Vocational Education and Training Week 2020 to highlight the importance of VET for the twin green and digital transition.

New postion on the EU postal services directive

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CESI published a new position on the evaluation of the EU postal services directive 97/67/EC which the European Commission is currently undertaking. In its position, which is part of a larger response to a public consultation that closes today. In its position, CESI calls on the European Commission to commit to a continued EU postal services directive and to only propose a revision if ambitious binding targets, mechanisms and minimum standards are set for the sector to strengthen the role of universal services, avoid precarious employment and contribute to climate protection.

Covid-19 – Again. Violence – Together we can draw the line. | Editorial of the Secretary-General Klaus Heeger

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Dear colleagues, members, partners and friends, Covid-19 – Putting us to the test. Again. In a recent article of the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, the French economist Robert Boyer is quoted as follows: « Comment décider lorsque l´on ne sait pas encore ce que l´on finira par savoir, mais trop tard ? »