The new category of contract agents has been in existence for more than three years. CONF-SFE therefore considers that it is time to review the situation. In the light of recent Court judgements and many questions and complaints from our colleagues, CONF-SFE asked Prof Blanpain (an expert in European Social law, KU Leuven) to carry out a study of the way in which the Commission uses this new category of staff.
During a press conference organised by CONF-SFE, Professor Blanpain presented the main conclusions of his study: "the manner in which the European Union uses contract staff with fixed length contracts in direct contradiction with the basic principles of European Social law."
According to the study, the use of staff on successive fixed length contracts to carry out tasks rather of a permanent nature is in conflict with Council Directive 1999/70/CE of 28th June 1999. Moreover, staff engaged on fixed length contracts that do the same work as permanent staff should have the same working conditions as permanent staff, including as regards pay.
CONF-SFE has already sent the study to Vice-President Kallas and requested an urgent meeting to discuss the conclusions of the study.
So that CONF-SFE can begin preparing a complete dossier, we would like to know about the individual situation of you, our contract agent colleagues. We therefore invite you to reply to the following three questions, by putting a cross in the appropriate box.
Have you replaced another contract agent to do exactly the same work in the same unit? Yes ! No!
Do you think that you will be replaced by another contract agent when your contract finishes? Yes ! No !
In your opinion, do you do exactly the same work as a permanent official?1 Yes ! No !
We hope that you will take the time to reply…. It's in your interest! Your replies will be dealt with in strictest confidence!
Please send your replies to our secretariat, either by e-mail to REP PERS OSP SFE, by mail to JII 79 08/206 or by fax au 64328