23 May 2016
LOCAL AGENTS in DELEGATION
By Eyal INBAR
EU DELEGATION TEL AVIV
WHY DO LOCAL AGENTS SUFFER DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO THEIR DETRIMENT ?
Officials & LAs clearly do not have the same salaries, USHU however questions why certain basic rights applied to Officials are regularly denied to Local Agents in Delegations ?
Part time: According to the DEL. GUIDE, "The limited resources in Delegations make the use of part-time work difficult to reconcile with the interests of the service. Local Agents do not have the right to work on a part-time basis, unless this is mandatory under local legislation. Nevertheless, even where the local legislation does not create a mandatory right to part-time work, it still remains possible for the Head of Delegation to recommend the AECC the possibility of authorizing the use of part-time work if this is justified on the basis of exceptional circumstances and only on a temporary basis".
Why are LA deprived of the right to work part-time ? Unless expressly forbidden in local legislation, what prevents COMM/EEAS from applying part-time as a best-practice human resource policy to Local Agents, a policy which is already implemented widely in the Institutions.
Teleworking: According to the DEL. GUIDE, "The teleworking scheme is not applicable in Delegations".
The EEAS is reportedly looking into this issue for staff in Delegations, USHU maintains that this option must be made available to all staff including Local Agents.
Unpaid leave: According to the DEL. GUIDE, "Unpaid leave is not a right of local staff and is granted in exceptional circumstances". If a Local Agent proposes unpaid leave for well-justified reasons and where this option is clearly feasible in the workplace, why deny this opportunity to a colleague ? There are indeed very generous provisions for Officials in this respect ( up to 12 years !!!)
Promotions: According to the DEL. GUIDE, "Local Agents having had four promotions in the same group are not eligible for promotion". Does this policy make any sense? Does this motivate long-serving Local Agents in Delegations? This is particularly problematic for LA Group I since they practically remain in the same Group until they leave the service. This also negatively impacts on other groups, especially since reclassification is no longer possible, given a unilateral decision taken by the EEAS. Imagine an LA who works thirty years in the same group. Why should he/she be denied from the option to be promoted more than 4 times?
Appeals: According to the DEL. GUIDE, "The SCE stipulate that the AECC shall notify the staff member of its reasoned decision within three months of the day on which the appeal was lodged. On expiry of this period, the absence of a reply shall be deemed as an explicit rejection of the appeal…..". Rejecting someone's appeal by simply not responding? So much for accountability and transparency.
Commemorative medal for 20 years of service:
USHU fully advocates for the long and professional service of LOCAL AGENTS in DELEGATIONS to be fully recognized by both the COMMISSION and the EEAS.
LOCAL AGENTS like other staff categories deserve to have recognition for their long years of service
GIVE LOCAL AGENTS A COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE MEDAL – THEY DESERVE IT TOO!
USHU Bureau Executive: Helen CONEFREY (President), Victoria DAVYDOVA (General Secretary), Siggi KRAHL (Political Secretary), Jordi CARRASCO-MUNOZ, Noel KAMDEN, Alessandro LIAMINE, Aminata ONGOIBA, Ugo SOKARI-GEORGES, Dimitrije STANKOVIC; Diego GONZALEZ MARIN (Vice President)
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