Central administration and finances trade council underlines crucial role of social partners

10 Jun 2013

The Central Administration and Finances trade council met on Friday (7 June) in Luxembourg to discuss the fundamental role of social dialogue in Europe. With social dialogue under threat in many European countries as a result of obstacles to collective bargaining, more attention needs to be brought to the important role that social partners can and should play in Europe.

Central administration and finances trade council underlines crucial role of social partners

These issues were particularly stressed upon by the outgoing president of the trade council Christian Chapuis (FR/ UFCFP-CGC) who highlighted the importance of social partners in the co-legislative role throughout the processes of formal social dialogue. CESI would like to thank Mr Chapuis for his hard work as president, and in particular for his important contribution to the setting up of the central government administration social dialogue committee. In his place, a new Board was elected for Central administration and finances.

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Wilhelm Gloss (AT/Eurofedop) was elected as president, with Massimo Battaglia (IT/ CONF S AL) and José Fernández Vidal (ES/CSI F) assuming the roles of vice presidents. Their expertise at the national level, as well as their experience within CESI, will ensure the trade council continues to be a valuable forum for debate and an active body in relevant issues at the European level.

In underlining the importance of securing rights for workers newly elected vice president Massimo Battaglia, introduced a motion denouncing the fact that collective bargaining blocking has occurred in several countries such as Italy preventing any wage increase.

The meeting was also attended by Mr Fernand Müller, a representative from the UFE, the Union of Finance Personnel in Europe, who came to discuss the action plan of the Commission to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and evasion. The action plan can be found here. The trade council agreed that building on and enhancing this kind of cooperation will reinforce the defense of workers’ rights in the field of tax administration, an important task now more than ever.

 Finally, the trade council prepared the CESI Europe academy symposium on recruitment and retention of staff, with members of the trade council focusing on issues related to the retention of staff such as age management. The symposium will take place in Hamburg (DE), on 10 and 11th of October 2013.

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