“Diversity of contracts, which consequences?”


Labour Sociologist, Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS


A wide range of contracts for the same tasks !


The 2004 and 2014 reforms introduced new career structures and staff categories without prior analysis of the consequences and imbalances that would result from such decisions, which are mentioned in the Court of Auditors’ report on the implementation of the 2014 revision of the Staff Regulations at the Commission ( Implementation of the 2014 staff reform package at the Commission – Big savings but not without consequences for staff (europa.eu) ).

One of the consequences of these reforms is the diversity of contracts.

Colleagues often find themselves doing the same work as a higher category without being officially recognised as such!

With limited career and mobility prospects, the frustration of colleagues in the civil service and contract agents has increased because of these inequalities.

Two types of precariousness are emerging: the objective precariousness or job precariousness for our contract and temporary colleagues and the subjective precariousness or professional precariousness for our civil servant colleagues.

At R&D, we have a clear mandate! We are committed to ‘staff unity’ by refusing any corporatist, competitive and divisive approach! The Commission must put a definitive end to social dumping ! ( Elections LSC 2021-2024 – Renouveau et Democratie (renouveau-democratie.eu) )

Danièle Linhart, Labour Sociologist and Emeritus Director of Research at the CNRS, who is specialised in the issue of contract diversity and precariousness, will enlighten us on her research, which will serve as a guide for future negotiations.