Results of the 2021 elections

The election of the Staff Council for the period 2022-2023 is now over. Of course, we also thank all those who stood as candidates and expressed their commitment to defend the interests of the personnel and of CERN actively.

The election of the Staff Council for the period 2022-2023 is now over. Of course, we also thank all those who stood as candidates and expressed their commitment to defend the interests of the personnel and of CERN actively.

Join the Staff Association!

The Staff Association reminds all employed members of the personnel (i.e. staff members and fellows) that till the end of the year joining the Staff Association is free!

The Staff Association reminds all employed members of the personnel (i.e. staff members and fellows) that till the end of the year joining the Staff Association is free!

Last week to elect your representatives!

Make your voice heard, pick and support your delegates!
The voting takes place from 25 October to 15 November, at noon.

Make your voice heard, pick and support your delegates!
The voting takes place from 25 October to 15 November, at noon.

2021 Elections to Staff Council

We hope that you will be many to vote and to elect the new Staff Council!

We hope that you will be many to vote and to elect the new Staff Council!

Will the Pension Fund be put at risk again?

Following the 2008 financial market crash, the CERN Council adopted a balanced package of measures which formally committed staff, pensioners and the Organisation to contribute together to achieve a balanced Pension Fund by 2041.

Following the 2008 financial market crash, the CERN Council adopted a balanced package of measures which formally committed staff, pensioners and the Organisation to contribute together to achieve a balanced Pension Fund by 2041.

Your delegates and the statutory role of the Staff Association

In an Organisation like ours, the rights that govern our employment and working conditions are different from those applicable if we were working for an employer in one of our Member States, which is subject to national laws.

In an Organisation like ours, the rights that govern our employment and working conditions are different from those applicable if we were working for an employer in one of our Member States, which is subject to national laws.

PUBLIC MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 : THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!

The Staff Association would first like to thank the Employed and Associated members of personnel who participated in large numbers during the public meeting of September 24.

The Staff Association would first like to thank the Employed and Associated members of personnel who participated in large numbers during the public meeting of September 24.

Reminder! The Association needs you

All the staff members, fellows and associated members of personnel who are members of the Staff Association can engage and submit their application until October 15 at 5 pm.

All the staff members, fellows and associated members of personnel who are members of the Staff Association can engage and submit their application until October 15 at 5 pm.

A new meeting of the Staff Association with Member and Associate Member States!

Since almost a year and half, the health situation still does not allow a cocktail in person, so the Association has adapted once again to the context by organizing on Wednesday 15 September a remote “cocktail” with all the delegations of the Member States and Associate Member States and their “Ambassadors” of the Association.

Since almost a year and half, the health situation still does not allow a cocktail in person, so the Association has adapted once again to the context by organizing on Wednesday 15 September a remote “cocktail” with all the delegations of the Member States and Associate Member States and their “Ambassadors” of the Association.

Staff delegates: representatives of all the Organization's members of personnel

As already announced in the previous ECHO, in October of this year, elections will be held for your staff delegates for the 2022-2023 term

As already announced in the previous ECHO, in October of this year, elections will be held for your staff delegates for the 2022-2023 term

Public Meeting

The next Staff Association public meeting will take place on Friday 24 September at 11.00 a.m.

The next Staff Association public meeting will take place on Friday 24 September at 11.00 a.m.

Elections of employee delegates – Become a member, get involved and vote!

The Association's Staff Council is renewed every two years. This year the election process will start on 14 September.

The Association's Staff Council is renewed every two years. This year the election process will start on 14 September.

Teleworking, new Operational circular n°7 (OC7)

The COVID pandemic has drastically modified our way of working, and working from home has become the norm for most of us. The teleworking has proven itself an important aspect of ensuring business continuity, whereas under normal circumstances it provides also an opportunity for better work-life balance. On the other side for others, the teleworking may have negative effects, such as isolation (particularly for individuals living alone), and the loss of contact with colleagues.

The COVID pandemic has drastically modified our way of working, and working from home has become the norm for most of us. The teleworking has proven itself an important aspect of ensuring business continuity, whereas under normal circumstances it provides also an opportunity for better work-life balance. On the other side for others, the teleworking may have negative effects, such as isolation (particularly for individuals living alone), and the loss of contact with colleagues.

Dispute settlement at CERN: new a complaint mechanism

The new annexes to Operational Circular No. 11 (OC11) “The processing of personal data at CERN” introduces an independent, expert supervisory authority for data protection matters, the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

The new annexes to Operational Circular No. 11 (OC11) “The processing of personal data at CERN” introduces an independent, expert supervisory authority for data protection matters, the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

YOU and the Staff Council elections

Do you want to improve your working and employment conditions? Do you want CERN to pay close attention to the views of its personnel, to be at the forefront of the latest social advances? Do you have ideas about the working time, careers, recruitment, diversity, health insurance or pensions? This is your chance to contribute to change, to put your ideas forward, to be heard! The Staff Association will renew the Staff Council in the last quarter of 2021.

Do you want to improve your working and employment conditions? Do you want CERN to pay close attention to the views of its personnel, to be at the forefront of the latest social advances? Do you have ideas about the working time, careers, recruitment, diversity, health insurance or pensions? This is your chance to contribute to change, to put your ideas forward, to be heard! The Staff Association will renew the Staff Council in the last quarter of 2021.

Focus on the General Assembly of Tuesday 25 June 2021

Due to the health restrictions applied to date, the General Assembly of the CERN Staff Association (SA) was held once again remotely by video conference. The General Assembly is, as every year, a privileged moment during which you can inform yourselves and take note of all the activities and successes of the past year.

Due to the health restrictions applied to date, the General Assembly of the CERN Staff Association (SA) was held once again remotely by video conference. The General Assembly is, as every year, a privileged moment during which you can inform yourselves and take note of all the activities and successes of the past year.

Focus on TREF’s Meeting of 28 May 2021

The reports produced in the context of each 5-yearly review of employment conditions (5YR) on comparisons between CERN’s financial and social conditions and those of comparator employers are among the most important documents the Tripartite Employment-conditions Forum (TREF) examines and discusses. Indeed, these reports form the basis for Management proposals regarding modifications, if any, to CERN’s financial and social conditions to ensure that the Organization is able to attract from all Member States staff of the highest competence and integrity, and thereafter is able to retain and motivate them. These reports, submitted by Management, are thus always subjected to the scrutiny of Member State and Staff Association TREF representatives. In the context of the 2021 5YR (5YR2021), this was the case at the TREF meeting of 28 May 2021.

The reports produced in the context of each 5-yearly review of employment conditions (5YR) on comparisons between CERN’s financial and social conditions and those of comparator employers are among the most important documents the Tripartite Employment-conditions Forum (TREF) examines and discusses. Indeed, these reports form the basis for Management proposals regarding modifications, if any, to CERN’s financial and social conditions to ensure that the Organization is able to attract from all Member States staff of the highest competence and integrity, and thereafter is able to retain and motivate them. These reports, submitted by Management, are thus always subjected to the scrutiny of Member State and Staff Association TREF representatives. In the context of the 2021 5YR (5YR2021), this was the case at the TREF meeting of 28 May 2021.

The Staff Association Ambassadors' cocktail meeting: adapting to the new reality of COVID-19!

For more than 25 years, the Staff Association, taking advantage of the presence at CERN of delegations to the Council and the Finance Committee, has organised a cocktail party twice a year, in March and in September after the Finance Committee meeting. It brings together delegates from Member States and Associate Member States with the nationals of their country, chosen by the Staff Association among the Organisation's personnel to be "ambassadors" of the Association and the personnel. For the first time in its history, the traditional "cocktail party" of the Association's Ambassadors had to be interrupted, throughout the year 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Association did not give up and resumed this practice in March 2021, in a brand new form via Zoom, while adapting to the current health context.

For more than 25 years, the Staff Association, taking advantage of the presence at CERN of delegations to the Council and the Finance Committee, has organised a cocktail party twice a year, in March and in September after the Finance Committee meeting. It brings together delegates from Member States and Associate Member States with the nationals of their country, chosen by the Staff Association among the Organisation's personnel to be "ambassadors" of the Association and the personnel. For the first time in its history, the traditional "cocktail party" of the Association's Ambassadors had to be interrupted, throughout the year 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Association did not give up and resumed this practice in March 2021, in a brand new form via Zoom, while adapting to the current health context.

PUBLIC MEETING OF JUNE 7, 2021 : THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!

The Staff Association would first like to thank the employed and associated members of personnel who participated in large numbers during the public meeting of June 7.

The Staff Association would first like to thank the employed and associated members of personnel who participated in large numbers during the public meeting of June 7.

General Assembly 2021- Agenda

This year the OGA will be held on Friday, 25 June 2021 at 11 am.

This year the OGA will be held on Friday, 25 June 2021 at 11 am.

The working group on career development finally starts its work!

We informed you in our ECHO No. 356 that the mandate of this working group was, as we expected for a long time, about to be finalised. It is now done! At the SCC meeting on 6 May, the mandate, whose objectives you will find below, was approved by the Management and the Staff Association. Three members of the management including HR Department representatives and three members of the SA will compose this working group. The kick-off meeting will take place on June 3.

We informed you in our ECHO No. 356 that the mandate of this working group was, as we expected for a long time, about to be finalised. It is now done! At the SCC meeting on 6 May, the mandate, whose objectives you will find below, was approved by the Management and the Staff Association. Three members of the management including HR Department representatives and three members of the SA will compose this working group. The kick-off meeting will take place on June 3.

Public meeting- 7 June at 11am

Do you have any questions about the Five- Yearly Review of employment conditions 2021 (5YR 2021)? Would you like to know more about the Staff Association's program of work for 2021? Do you have any suggestions on this topic?

Do you have any questions about the Five- Yearly Review of employment conditions 2021 (5YR 2021)? Would you like to know more about the Staff Association's program of work for 2021? Do you have any suggestions on this topic?

Becoming a Staff Delegate: Why not you?

By becoming a Staff Delegate your job will be to represent the personnel, on the one hand by serving as a social link between the personnel (from your electoral college) and the Association, and on the other hand by defending the individual rights and social benefits of all CERN personnel. Through your active participation in the Association's activities, you work to improve the social conditions of all the members of personnel of the Organisation.

By becoming a Staff Delegate your job will be to represent the personnel, on the one hand by serving as a social link between the personnel (from your electoral college) and the Association, and on the other hand by defending the individual rights and social benefits of all CERN personnel. Through your active participation in the Association's activities, you work to improve the social conditions of all the members of personnel of the Organisation.

Staff Association General Assembly

In the first semester of each year, the Staff Association (SA) invites its members to attend and participate in the Ordinary General Assembly (OGA). This year the OGA will be held on Friday, 25 June 2021 at 11 am.

In the first semester of each year, the Staff Association (SA) invites its members to attend and participate in the Ordinary General Assembly (OGA). This year the OGA will be held on Friday, 25 June 2021 at 11 am.

The Staff Association and the protection of personal data

The Staff Association, like all services of the Organisation, must comply with Operational Circular 11 (OC11), concerning the protection of personal data. Privacy Notices for activities within the Association have been finalised and published to ensure the proper handling of personal data.

The Staff Association, like all services of the Organisation, must comply with Operational Circular 11 (OC11), concerning the protection of personal data. Privacy Notices for activities within the Association have been finalised and published to ensure the proper handling of personal data.

YOU and THE STAFF ASSOCIATION

Article S VII 1.01 of the Staff Regulations and Rules (S&RP) states that "[…] relations between the Director-General and the personnel shall be established either on an individual basis or on a collective basis with the Staff Association as intermediary". This important role of the Association's delegates, to be the spokespersons of all the Organization's personnel to the Director General and the Member States, is given concrete form by regular participation in the various joint committees defined in the S&RP.

Article S VII 1.01 of the Staff Regulations and Rules (S&RP) states that "[…] relations between the Director-General and the personnel shall be established either on an individual basis or on a collective basis with the Staff Association as intermediary". This important role of the Association's delegates, to be the spokespersons of all the Organization's personnel to the Director General and the Member States, is given concrete form by regular participation in the various joint committees defined in the S&RP.

The CAPA!

The CAPA, or the Individual Cases Commission (Commission des Cas Particuliers), is responsible for assisting members of the Staff Association in their disputes with the Organization. A professional career is not always a bed of roses and, in certain situations, assistance is welcome.

The CAPA, or the Individual Cases Commission (Commission des Cas Particuliers), is responsible for assisting members of the Staff Association in their disputes with the Organization. A professional career is not always a bed of roses and, in certain situations, assistance is welcome.

The Staff Association's cocktail meeting with Member and Associate Member States have resumed!

During the past 18 months, the Staff Association (SA) had not organized any cocktail meeting with the Member States and Associate Member States of the Organization, due to the health situation and its wish to privilege a direct contact with the delegations.
That is now in the past!

During the past 18 months, the Staff Association (SA) had not organized any cocktail meeting with the Member States and Associate Member States of the Organization, due to the health situation and its wish to privilege a direct contact with the delegations.
That is now in the past!

PUBLIC MEETING OF MARCH 19, 2021 - THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!

Dear Colleagues,
The Staff Association would first and foremost like to thank the employed and associated members of personnel who participated in large numbers in the March 19 public meeting.

Dear Colleagues,
The Staff Association would first and foremost like to thank the employed and associated members of personnel who participated in large numbers in the March 19 public meeting.

Public meeting- 19 March at 11am

Do you have any questions about the Five- Yearly Review of employment conditions 2021 (5YR 2021)? Would you like to know the Staff Association's priorities for 2021? Do you have any suggestions on this topic?

Do you have any questions about the Five- Yearly Review of employment conditions 2021 (5YR 2021)? Would you like to know the Staff Association's priorities for 2021? Do you have any suggestions on this topic?

Creation of the SCC sub-group on career development

In the questionnaire sent to all employed members of personnel (MEPs) at the end of 2019, the personnel expressed a clear expectation that the career development aspects, which have undergone major changes in the 2015 five-yearly review, would be improved.

In the questionnaire sent to all employed members of personnel (MEPs) at the end of 2019, the personnel expressed a clear expectation that the career development aspects, which have undergone major changes in the 2015 five-yearly review, would be improved.

Donation of annual leave: Did you know?

This measure, decided at the end of the last five-yearly review in 2015, although in view of the Staff Association it is still flawed (we will come back to this point below), already makes it possible to help you in certain extremely difficult situations that you may encounter.

This measure, decided at the end of the last five-yearly review in 2015, although in view of the Staff Association it is still flawed (we will come back to this point below), already makes it possible to help you in certain extremely difficult situations that you may encounter.

Did you think that the problem of collecting the membership fees had been solved? Absolutely not!

For more than 60 year’s, each January, the Organization's standard practice, has been to pay, into the Association's bank account the total amount of individual membership fees calculated on the basis of the annual basic salary of each member.

For more than 60 year’s, each January, the Organization's standard practice, has been to pay, into the Association's bank account the total amount of individual membership fees calculated on the basis of the annual basic salary of each member.

Thank you Dominique!

Saying thank you is completely natural when a very active member of the Association decides to take a well-deserved retirement,

Today, it is Dominique Denuzière's turn.

Saying thank you is completely natural when a very active member of the Association decides to take a well-deserved retirement,

Today, it is Dominique Denuzière's turn.

A new victory on the CSG/CRDS front at the Bourg-en-Bresse Court, Social security section, December 7, 2020

This new victory concerns CERN pensioners who also receive a compulsory French pension and are therefore automatically affiliated to the social security system.

This new victory concerns CERN pensioners who also receive a compulsory French pension and are therefore automatically affiliated to the social security system.

First meeting of the Standing Concertation Committee (SCC) on 4 February 2021

Mr. Raphael Bello, Director of Finance and Human Resources and new President of the SCC, and Mr. Manfred Krammer, Head of the EP Department, joined the management delegation at this first meeting of the year.

Mr. Raphael Bello, Director of Finance and Human Resources and new President of the SCC, and Mr. Manfred Krammer, Head of the EP Department, joined the management delegation at this first meeting of the year.

A throwback to the Committees week at the end of 2020

The CERN Finance Committee and Council took place from 9 to 11 December 2020. The subjects dealt with were particularly important, with numerous and dense debates.

The Staff Association particularly noted the following decisions affecting the financial and social conditions of the personnel, which were recommended by the Finance Committee and approved by the Council:

The CERN Finance Committee and Council took place from 9 to 11 December 2020. The subjects dealt with were particularly important, with numerous and dense debates.

The Staff Association particularly noted the following decisions affecting the financial and social conditions of the personnel, which were recommended by the Finance Committee and approved by the Council:

Discover the new website of the Staff Association

The Staff Association's website had to migrate to Drupal 8, as did all of the Organization's websites.

We therefore decided to take this opportunity to review not only the content but also to improve the structure and design to make it easier for you to find information but also to make you want to consult it!

The Staff Association's website had to migrate to Drupal 8, as did all of the Organization's websites.

We therefore decided to take this opportunity to review not only the content but also to improve the structure and design to make it easier for you to find information but also to make you want to consult it!

Happy New Year 2021!

At the beginning of this New Year and the first issue of ECHO in 2021, the Staff Association would like to express its best wishes for happiness, success and, how could we fail to underline it, for health to you and all your loved ones!

We can only hope, despite the still worrying health situation, that the year 2021 will allow us to put human contact in person back at the center of our family, friendly and professional lives!

At the beginning of this New Year and the first issue of ECHO in 2021, the Staff Association would like to express its best wishes for happiness, success and, how could we fail to underline it, for health to you and all your loved ones!

We can only hope, despite the still worrying health situation, that the year 2021 will allow us to put human contact in person back at the center of our family, friendly and professional lives!

Zoom on the CSR (“Comité de Surveillance des Restaurants”)*

Since its creation, the crowds we usually see, on a daily basis, in our three restaurants and around ten satellite cafeterias located throughout the Meyrin and Prévessin sites, have crystallized CERN’s every-day social life.

Since its creation, the crowds we usually see, on a daily basis, in our three restaurants and around ten satellite cafeterias located throughout the Meyrin and Prévessin sites, have crystallized CERN’s every-day social life.

CONCERTATION, a long practice

In the 2018 issue of Echo N°284, the Association published an interview, largely devoted to concertation at CERN, with Mr Bernard Dormy, the outgoing French delegate to the Finance Committee at this time, who was successively Vice-President and President of the TREF (Tripartite Employment Conditions Forum) from 2011 to 2017.

In the 2018 issue of Echo N°284, the Association published an interview, largely devoted to concertation at CERN, with Mr Bernard Dormy, the outgoing French delegate to the Finance Committee at this time, who was successively Vice-President and President of the TREF (Tripartite Employment Conditions Forum) from 2011 to 2017.

Against the spread of COVID-19, a new proximity detection device for CERN personnel: the 'Proximeter'.

Fast and complete contact tracing is a recognized means of breaking the chains of contamination of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, this tracing has been done manually by the medical service based on the memories we may have of our movements and the people we met.

Fast and complete contact tracing is a recognized means of breaking the chains of contamination of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, this tracing has been done manually by the medical service based on the memories we may have of our movements and the people we met.

Happy Holidays to All!

Above all, at the end of the year 2020, which will undoubtedly remain engraved in our memories, the time has come to look back on these long months spent under the threat of the Covid-19.

Above all, at the end of the year 2020, which will undoubtedly remain engraved in our memories, the time has come to look back on these long months spent under the threat of the Covid-19.

CSAIO - Exchanges and Sharing of Ideas for Staff Associations of International Organisations and European Agencies

Each year, in autumn, the CSAIO (Conference of Staff Associations of International Organizations) conference is usually held for two days; this conference is reserved for Staff Associations of International Organisations, mainly based in Europe, and for European Agencies.
This year, due to the health situation, the conference was held via teleconference on a single day

Each year, in autumn, the CSAIO (Conference of Staff Associations of International Organizations) conference is usually held for two days; this conference is reserved for Staff Associations of International Organisations, mainly based in Europe, and for European Agencies.
This year, due to the health situation, the conference was held via teleconference on a single day

Public meeting of November 5: thank you for your participation and your questions!

The Staff Association (SA) would like to begin by thanking the employed and associated members of personnel who participated in the November 5, 2020 public meeting.

The Staff Association (SA) would like to begin by thanking the employed and associated members of personnel who participated in the November 5, 2020 public meeting.

The CSG-CRDS saga

The CSG-CRDS saga, after five years, a first positive milestone for international civil servants and retirees of international organizations.

The CSG-CRDS saga, after five years, a first positive milestone for international civil servants and retirees of international organizations.