The Trade Council opened by recalling the success of the previous meeting held in Kosovo, a meeting which garnered high level political interest from the Kosovar government and beyond. Special thanks were paid to the Kosovar organisation FSP-PTK (Eurofedop) for hosting CESI and its affiliates in the country’s capital Pristina.
CESI Director Bert Van Caelenberg reported on CESI’s activities, updating members on the recent decisions taken in the Board and Presidium meetings. This presentation was followed by the discussion and adoption of a number of resolutions. One such resolution, on Jobs adapted to older workers, appeals to European institutions to change regulations with regard to working conditions to allow postal sector workers to reach retirement age in good health. Although particularly relevant to the postal sector, this is a resolution which CESI could see rolled out to other sectors.
Privatisation and modernisation in the postal sector was also an important topic on the agenda. Manuel Gonzalez Molina from Central Sindical Independiente y de Funcionarios gave an insightful overview of the situation in Spain where the social partners and the government are currently negotiating on a roadmap for the postal sector. The sharing of good practices at European level, as is achieved through CESI’s Trade Councils, has contributed to the negotiation process.
The meeting also appreciated initiatives taken by CESI Secretary General Klaus Heeger to engage in the Post and Telecom European sectoral social dialogue committee. The next meeting will take place in Brussels on 16 May 2014.