SAFE defends all officials or other agents working for the European Parliament (EP) as defined in Article 5 of the rule governing representation of the staff of the european Parliament.
Needless to say, SAFE gives priority to its members, but in practice nobody is left out !
As already said in “Why join a Trade Union” , all this is done in parallel with the work of the statutory Body, the Staff Committee. Thanks to the long-standing know-how of its members, its archives and its contacts, SAFE ensures that your/our rights and interests are protected. In order to guarantee this continuity, but also to understand the problems of our seniors, SAFE keeps in its ranks colleagues who have retired or left the EP.
Furthermore, SAFE gives high priority to the improvment of working conditions. This means health and safety issues, training careers, working hours and human relations at work, and the elimination of all discrimination between staff (especially with regard to the discrimination suffered by staff in lower grades).
By giving priority to participation in the work of the Staff Committee (the statutory Body), SAFE maintains contact with the various parts of the EP Administration. But this is done without compromise, as our messages (in the archives) and our actions demonstrate.
In addition, we maintain regular contact with other staff, without forgetting the particularities of our Institution, Parliament. Thus, SAFE actively participed in the defence of the Staff Regulations during the last reforms.
The majority of our colleagues are expatriates, leaving behind the whole infrastructure of family and friends. This creates problem and difficulties. Both the Staff Regulations and the Institutions have made provision for this. These are regularly under attack, and SAFE is watching over these achievements.
In 2009, SAFE’s values and work were officially recognised by the Institution as a new part of the framework agreement between the European Parliament and the trade unions of the Institution’s staff.