JSIS

Members pay austerity twice

Frozen salaries, the Method and other negative statutory changes, such as the decline in recruitment levels, precarious contracts and career-limiting measures are mainly to blame for the fall in revenues, hence the deficit recorded by the JSIS between 2008 and 2013.


Frozen salaries, the Method and other negative statutory changes, such as the decline in recruitment levels, precarious contracts and career-limiting measures are mainly to blame for the fall in revenues, hence the deficit recorded by the JSIS between 2008 and 2013. In 2014, expenditure decreased and the Administration referred to the savings as the result of «tighter management». In reality, these savings stem from medical and bureaucratic decisions unbecoming of an EU institution. See below the most controversial examples of what PMO put its members through (often the weakest ones) over the past two years. It is worth noting that PMO often acted on basis of its own medical advisers:

 

  • Restrictive application of criteria allowing for prolonging serious illness, including for heavily handicapped people;
  • Setting up administrative criteria aiming at rejecting cost refund (e.g. : costs relating to cancers that were treated after 10 years) ;
  • More expenses deemed as « non fonctional », therefore not refundable under article 72-3 ;
  • Obligation to submit receipts and invoices according to the «INAMI » template even though the rules do not foreseen it;
  • Lack of flexibility regarding minor anomalies, even though the latter do not affect the veracity of the declared expenses;
  • Reluctance to consider mental illnesses or depression as serious illnesses Functional mailboxes and help desk telephone support cancelled and replaced by answering machines that offer no appropriate support to seriously ill patients, isolated patients and older patients ;

 

The new on-line reimbursement system does not take into consideration the numerous affiliated partners who do not know how to do PMO work (process documents on-line) or are not fit for these kinds of tasks (age, acute illnesses, etc.);

 This makes no sense and shows no consideration whatsoever for the weakest affiliated partners. In the longer run, these austerity measures and mismanagement will clearly not solve structural problems (lower revenues), let alone the relentless increase of medical costs. PMO does not manage the sickness insurance scheme as a prudent administrator. Hence, they are failing their 80.000 affiliated partners (workers and pensioners). Union Syndicale (US) urges the Administration to respect the Staff Regulation and its implementing rules.

 

Union Syndicale demands transparency, fairness and a genuine approach to social and human issues, focussing on the weakest. An open social dialogue is the only way to manage the sickness insurance scheme wisely. These funds are made up of all EU staff’s contributions. It is their social asset.

Union Syndicale proved that austerity is NOT the only way to solving structural problems.

In the meantime, Union Syndicale will carry on denouncing the abuses of the current policy and will continue standing up for its aggrieved affiliated partners at court.

Union Syndicale demands an open debate with the Administration to consider other cost saving measures than that of depriving its affiliated partners, particularly the weakest.















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