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[USF] Union Syndicale Fédérale - EPC 50 years Celebrations: a Balanced View

USF press article from 29 September 2023, read on by simply clicking on the image below.


[USF] Union Syndicale Fédérale - European Patent Office sets obstacle course to freedom of communication

USF press article from 15 September 2023, read on by simply clicking on the image below.


[USF] Invitation to Union Syndicale Well-being Workshop with Andy Whittle on 27 September 2023, 12:30 - 14:00

Dear Members, dear Colleagues,

We are back! Fresh from summer break we are ready to start a new cycle of workshops to maintain our mental health. We are starting with a heavy topic but worth a discussion. This September we are going to talk about :

"Break Free from Control Freakism and Perfectionism"

Are you a perfectionist or a control freak?
Do you find yourself always wanting to control everything and not being able to let go?

If any of these signs apply to you, you might be a control freak or perfectionist:
1. You refuse to delegate
2. Everything must be to your schedule or timeline
3. Your expectations might at times feel threatened
4. You micromanage others (at work and at home)
5. You think there’s only one right way to do something.
6. You have trouble trusting people
Striving for perfection is nothing less than exhausting, but letting go is hard to do.

Andy will help you manage your anxiety with some tips he has found helpful as a recovering Overthinker-Control-Freak-Perfectionist.

You will come away with:
* Awareness and Self-Reflection: Participants will have a better understanding of their control freak and perfectionist tendencies.
* Being able to embrace imperfection: Encouraging a mindset shift towards accepting imperfections and mistakes as opportunities for growth and learning.
* Better Time Management skills: Strategies to prioritize tasks and delegate when necessary, reducing the need to control every aspect of a situation.
* Better Boundaries: Learning to set healthy boundaries in personal and professional relationships to prevent overextending oneself.
NOTE: Don’t forget to have a notebook and a pen so you can note down important things during the session.

When: Wednesday, 27 September 2023, from 12h30 to 14h00
Where: Zoom Meeting Room
How much:  FREE and OPEN to all EU staff, members and non-members of Union Syndicale.
Don’t forget to RSVP by Tuesday 26 September 2023, at 12h00 noon
The workshop is to be conducted in English and it will not be registered.
Please register here
For more info, click here !


[USF] Union Syndicale Fédérale - The Staff Matters - Edition No. 28

The Staff Matters N. 28 is out !

This newsletter is about the important subject of invalidity, at the example of a recent judgment of the Court of Justice which confirms that the term invalidity in the context of the entitlement of staff to an invalidity allowance can only be interpreted as an incapacity to fulfil the duties within the own institution. If found invalid there, the staff member cannot be referred to the general labour market with the argument that he/she would be “not invalid” outside the institution. In other words, an invalidity allowance has to be granted independent of the capacity of the staff member to perform work on the general labour market.

Continue reading...

Le Staff Matters n°28 est là !
La présente lettre d’information concerne l’invalidité, sujet très important, sur la base d’un arrêt récent de la Cour de justice qui confirme que la notion d’invalidité, dans le contexte du droit d’un membre du personnel à bénéficier d’une allocation d’invalidité, ne doit être comprise que comme une incapacité à exercer ses fonctions au sein de sa propre institution. S’il est considéré comme invalide dans ce contexte, il ne peut pas être renvoyé vers le marché général du travail au motif qu’il ne serait pas « invalide » en dehors de l’institution. En d’autres mots, une allocation d’invalidité doit être versée indépendamment de la capacité du membre du personnel à travailler sur le marché général du travail.

Continuer à lire…


[SUEPO] Upcoming events: 22/06: climate justice & working time - 28/06: workshop toxic workplace

Dear members, dear colleagues,

Please consider coming to the SUEPO office (Veraartlaan, 8 in Rijswijk, opposite the EPO) to connect together and subsequently discuss the following webinars which are being organized by unions affiliated to ours:

Thursday 22 June, 15:00, zoom webinar hosted by EPSU (European Public Service Union) with Prof. Juliet Schor, economist and sociologist.

Topic: the need for fundamental change to our economic model and the role public services and working time reduction must play to achieve climate justice.

Please register here (or scan the QR code below) if you plan to join us at the SUEPO office (limited to 15 spots - first come first serve). More information and registration for online only participation here.



Wednesday 28 June, 12:30 to 14:00, zoom workshop  hosted by USF (Union Syndicale Fédérale) with Andy Whittle.

Topic: Toxicity in the work environment and how to deal with it.

Please register here (or scan the QR code below) if you plan to join us at the SUEPO office (limited to 15 spots - first come first serve).

More information and registration for online only participation here.
Deadline to register : Tuesday 27 June 2023, 10h00.


Kind regards
your SUEPO TH committee



Union Syndicale Fédérale (USF) LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter ! Follow USF on Social Media !

The Union Syndicale Fédérale, also known as USF, is now actively present on various social media platforms such as Linkedln, Twitter and Facebook.

As a member of SUEPO TH (we are an affiliate of USF), we encourage you to follow USF so you don't miss any important information. It is also a great opportunity to interact with other members and become part of the union's online community.

Below is one of the posts on LinkedIn (there are many more posts, including on Facebook and Twitter).
Feel free to share these posts with your colleagues. Again, we look forward to connecting with all of you on social media.

Enjoy connecting.

Your SUEPO TH Committee