about the union...
The EUI researchers’ union is as a grass-root initiative born out of necessity and solidarity. Our concern over economic inequalities initially brought us together to take action towards the Institute’s unfair payment scheme in the fall of 2021. Throughout the year, we held monthly assemblies with democratic procedures and built a campaign pushing for change within the university and across member states. In May 2022 we collectively drafted a statute, with an overwhelming amount of votes in favour, and officially became a Union. Though our fight started with grant inequality, we have now diversified the avenues of struggles to tackle wider issues researchers face within the institute.
Creating a safe and inclusive environment within the Institute is our shared responsibility. Part of this task entails ensuring effective measures are in place to prevent work-place harassment. Unfortunately, despite mandatory harassment training being a common practice at universities worldwide, the EUI has been slow to follow suit. In 2021, the administration announced plans to revise its harassment policy, but the proposed solution of an online training program delivered in video format falls short of providing real-life skills and support to the community.