The members of the Executive Bureau met in Vienna
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The members of the Executive Bureau met in Vienna

On April 22nd and 23rd, the members of the Executive Bureau of SCEBCU gathered in Vienna. This provided SCECBU with the opportunity to meet with Prof. Haber, Vice-Governor of the OeNB. The report of this meeting will be soon available.
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ESCB Social Dialogue 14 March 2024
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ESCB Social Dialogue 14 March 2024

The preamble of a meeting held in Frankfurt emphasised the importance of in-person interaction for discussing social dialogue. The federations expressed concern over the absence of trade union representatives in certain ECB bodies and criticised the Central Bank of Bulgaria for its actions. Trade unions warned of potential social unrest due to economic issues and urged institutions like the ECB to listen more to citizens. Updates on HR activities included discussions on corporate culture and diversity policies. A survey revealed discrepancies in implementing diversity policies across central banks. The meeting also covered updates on the European Centralised Management System (ECMS) and a presentation on the ethical considerations of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the financial sector, stressing the importance of safeguarding workers' rights amidst technological advancements.

Restructuring at the Banque de France
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Restructuring at the Banque de France

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the general secretaries of the trade unions, CFE-CGC, CGT, SNA, and FO, along with the General Counsel representing the staff, provided live commentary via videoconference to all employees of the Banque de France regarding the announcements made by the Banque de France regarding the restructuration of the "Cashier network" unveiled during the Works Council meeting on February 7, 2024. Thus, the cash desks in Rouen, Reims, Metz, Annecy, Grenoble, Nice, Montpellier, Limoges, and Niort will close between June and December 2025.

This communication allowed for the discussion of the key points of the announced plan, as well as addressing questions, inquiries, or remarks from all Bank of France staff.

The members of the Executive Bureau meet for the first time in 2024, in Paris
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The members of the Executive Bureau meet for the first time in 2024, in Paris

On January 15 and 16, 2024, the Executive Bureau of SCECBU convened for the first time this year. The members of the Executive Bureau focused on enhancing SCECBU's communication, particularly by preparing videos for each working group, which will soon be published on our website. These videos aim to showcase the work of each group and encourage SCECBU trade unions to actively participate in them. Additionally, the Executive Bureau reviewed an initial study by Birgit Sauerzopf regarding the quality of social dialogue at the European level. This work will be further explored during the upcoming Executive Bureau meeting in Vienna in April. The meeting also served as an opportunity to plan the next session with the ECB for organising future meetings on Social Dialogue within the SEBC, SSM, and Banknotes. Finally, over these two days of meetings, the Executive Bureau had discussions with Isabelle Thousery, HRC representative of the Banque de France and Arnaud Lemeu, Director of Human Resources Policy, but also with the new General Counceller Elected by the Staff of Banque de France (CGRP), Benoît Besson.