CEEPUK "In the growing EU community, organisations can only achieve influence if they work together. This is particularly true for public employers who can't match private sector campaigning resources. CEEP, with its privileged status as a recognised social partner, bridges this gap and plays a vital part in helping public enterprises influence EU decision making."

Elizabeth Zanon
Director,
NHS European Office.

MEMBERSHIP

TOGETHER WE’RE STRONGER

As an officially recognised EU social partner, CEEP UK has direct, immediate access to key decision makers in Europe.

 

Which means as a member of CEEP UK, your views and concerns on major legislative decisions will be heard in Brussels.  What happens in Europe can have profound consequences for your organisation, so make sure your voice is heard – make sure you’re a member of CEEP UK.

 

The benefits of CEEP UK membership:

• Take part in negotiations to shape EU legislation.

• Be consulted on future EU labour, social and public  service regulation.

• Lobby European institutions on key policy concerns that affect your organisation.

• Shape the implementation of European agreements in the UK.

• Access European funding and share best practice with public service employers across the EU.

 

Proud to represent you in Europe

Europe directly affects every aspect of our lives and it’s vital that national organisations have a say in European laws and how they are implemented.  CEEP UK was launched in 1998 (originally as PPE) to provide a coherent, powerful voice to ensure UK organisations are part of the legislative process to influence and protect UK concerns.

 

We work on behalf of:

  • UK public service employers
  • UK employers’ organisations
  • UK organisations supporting public services nationally and in Europe

 

Our members represent employees of nearly 20% of the UK workforce. These organisations, like yours, are the backbone of the UK, providing essential services in health and social care, education, local and central administration and transport.

 

How we influence European policy

CEEP UK is a member of CEEP – the European Centre for Employers and Enterprises Providing Public Services – one of a select number of bodies recognised by the European Commission to participate in so-called ‘social dialogue’.

 

Social dialogue is the official process by which trade union and employer organisations can come together to influence European legislation through their respective representative organisations (of which CEEP is one).

 

Over the years we have played a vital role in shaping European-level framework agreements on individual and collective employees’ rights; issues which have had a huge impact on organisations like yours.  These agreements have led to legislation such as the Parental Leave Directive, Part-time Work Directive and Fixed-term Work Directive.

 

Alongside the social dialogue process, our members also get early access to EU policy and regulatory documents, influencing them at a critical stage.

 

Why you need to be part of CEEP UK

Being a CEEP UK member gives you the opportunity to directly influence European legislation and policy that will make a real difference to your organisation.  It’s your chance to voice your specific concerns to key decision makers, shaping draft legislation and guiding implementation to make sure it’s working hard for you.

 

5 major reasons to become a member

1. Direct participation in social dialogue negotiations that shape EU legislation

2. The right to be consulted on future EU labour, social and public service policy and regulation

3. The ability to lobby European institutions on key policy concerns

4. Shaping UK implementation of agreements made in Europe

5. Access to European funding and the opportunity to learn from public sector employers’ organisations and providers of public sector services in other EU Member States

 

Direct participation in social dialogue negotiations

Around 70% of UK law and 90% of UK labour law originates directly from Europe. Unlike in the UK, at EU level, employer and trade union organisations like CEEP UK can negotiate independently of the European Commission and national governments on new employment regulations.

 

As a CEEP UK member, you have a unique opportunity to shape labour law. Directives negotiated in this way tend to be more easily adaptable to national circumstances and have covered issues like parental leave, fixed-term workers and part-time work.

 

We are also able to reach agreements with trade unions at European level which, rather than being directly translated into national legislation, are implemented in ways that best suit each country. This gives our members the flexibility to act on guidance rather than be dictated to by legislation.

 

We’ve been directly represented in negotiations like these for over 14 years, having a major influence on the outcomes and keeping burdens on employers to a minimum. It’s a more reliable, direct way of shaping legislative and policy developments than attempting to influence the European Commission and European Parliament. In fact, it’s the main reason we started CEEP UK.

 

The right to be consulted on policy and regulation

We have played a major role in Commission consultations on EU labour, social and public service policy and legislation.  This means our members’ views are heard by decision makers in crucial areas, including on issues like maternity leave, the Working Time Directive, the gender pay gap, diversity on boards and pension reforms.

 

Ultimately because we are involved at an early stage our influence is more significant and can lead to better outcomes for our members.

 

The ability to lobby European institutions

As an official social partner, we have unique, immediate access to key decision makers in the European Commission and European Parliament. This not only gives us – and our members – early warning of the Commission’s plans but also allows us to influence their decisions.

 

Our members recently used this access to speak directly to senior officials in the European Commission responsible for reviewing EU legislation on equal pay – a key concern of local government employers.  We are also directly lobbying on the Working Time Directive and changes to procurement legislation.

 

Shaping UK implementation of agreements made in Europe

Working with the Government, business organisations and trade unions, we are continually shaping UK guidance on European agreements for the benefit of our members. We’ve worked on issues including telework, stress in the workplace, inclusive labour markets and violence and harassment in the workplace.

 

By linking closely with government departments, we’re able to present a view from public sector employers’ organisations and providers of public sector services in relation to UK employment relations and social and employment policy.

 

The opportunity to access European funding

As a CEEP UK member, you can tap into funding for the exchange of good practice and information. Recent initiatives have enabled members to explore equality and diversity practices, restructuring models and managing an ageing workforce.

 

We led a project comparing the approaches of different EU public services to the question of equal pay and the gender pay gap. Current work includes developing a joint pilot to enhance opportunities to access apprenticeships in the NHS and local government. We regularly provide opportunities for study tours to the UK for our colleagues in Europe.

 

CEEP UK represents organisations in these policy areas:

  • Employment
  • Transport
  • Local Authorities
  • Public services
  • Environment
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Macro Economics

 

Our current full members include:

Local Government Group – www.local.gov.uk

The NHS Confederation – www.nhsconfed.org

The Cabinet Office, c/o Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) – www.bis.gov.uk

National Association of Regional Employers (NARE):

Transport for London – www.tfl.gov.uk

Scape System Builds Limited – www.scapebuild.co.uk

Eversheds LLP – www.eversheds.com

 

 

David McNeill, Director of Group Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, Transport for London

 

“Why we’re members

 

Why is it important to be a member?

 

Transport issues are never far from the EU agenda.  It’s important TfL remains ahead of decision making to ensure proposals work for London and the people who depend on the transport network.

 

How does membership benefit your organisation?

 

CEEP UK adds valuable intelligence and influence in ways that would be impossible for us to do on our own.  CEEP UK identifies allies and builds coalitions to support our positions on draft EU legislative proposals.

 

Why should others become members?

 

In a community of 27 (soon to be 28) EU member countries, organisations can only achieve influence if they work together.  This is particularly true for public employers who can’t match the resources industry devotes to such campaigning. CEEP UK, with its privileged status as a recognised social partner, bridges this gap and plays a vital part in helping public enterprises influence EU decision making.”