EU sources - Social dialogue in public sector to ‘landmark’ agreement - December 31, 2015

The European Social Dialogue Committee for Central Government Administrations adopted an agreement on information and consultation rights of civil servants and employees of central government administrations in Europe. The agreement has been negotiated throughout the year 2015 and sets out common minimum standards for the rights of workers and their trade union representatives to be informed and consulted. Workers will be better placed to deal with their employers when these seek changes in the work place. It gives workers a say when the employer proposes restructuring, or changes in working time. It also allows workers to propose health and safety or work/life balance improvements. Other topics are to be covered either by information or consultation. A ‘non-regression clause’ ensures that more favourable national legislation in this field will continue to apply.


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