The ‘Method’ for adjusting remuneration and pensions, which, in its successive variations, has ensured, since 1972, social peace, to the extent that it was considered by both parties (employers and employees) as binding, is dead. After its expiry, on December 31, 2012, this method has been sentenced to death by the judgment of the Court of 19 November 2013 (Case C-63/12).
With the introduction of the long-awaited M-Pass, EPSU -CJ’s demand is finally satisfied. EPSU -CJ fully supports this egalitarian formula, which is likely to be of interest to colleagues regardless of their place of residence. However, this news has raised neither a wave of enthusiasm nor a rush to the markings.
The Council and Commission messages agree on the view that the total savings of 2.5 billion Euroswere the best possible result and that we have to live with these savings. We feel that the result is still unacceptable because it is adding 1.5 billion euros to the one billion euros of savings resulting from the Commission proposal on reviewing the Staff Regulations, and the brutal plan of cutting jobs which is already put to practice.
Strike in the European Institutions. While the Commission and the European Parliament converge on a change in the Staff Regulations that would provide, from 2014 to 2020, savings of € 1 billion, 8 Member States (“net contributors”) in the Council require savings of €5, €10, or €15 billion.
The salaries of contract staff are falling below the statutory minimum salary of a skilled worker in Luxembourg. If the Commission proposal to isolate the secretaries and clerks within a new function group SC is finally adopted, this time you will also have EU officials earning less than skilled workers in Luxembourg.
The ongoing reform will depend on the outcome of a much broader discussion on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020. A ceiling to its Heading 5 –‘Administration’– having been set, it will then be left to the reform of the Staff Regulations itself to specify the ‘details’ of how to implement the savings.