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Take part in the Geneva May day march | Participez à la marche de Genève à l’occasion du 1er mai

This year's Geneva May day march will have a strong international flavour:

• The staff unions of international organizations in Geneva will be participating in order to call for a reform of how our conditions of service are determined. This is in light of recent changes to methodologies and their incorrect application, affecting G and P staff, as well as growing trends in the use of precarious contracts (temporary and consultant). The focus, in line with our campaign, will be reforming the International Civil Service Commission to bring it in line with the UN's values of fairness, transparency and respect for worker rights, while ensuring a strong say for staff through a tripartite structure. 

• Interns organizations will be participating to draw attention to the matter of unpaid internships in the UN system and the discriminatory effect they have on people who cannot take internships because they cannot afford to work for free. It will also raise awareness on a number of decent work deficits that interns face, including sexual harassment and the lack of formalized rights like sick leave.

The event will start at the broken chair with a collective gathering of all supporters to the cause for a group photo at 12.30 p.m. All people joining the march will then move to Gare Cornavin to where the Geneva-wide event to mark International Labour Day will start at 1.30 p.m. The march will cross the Mont Blanc Bridge and end at Parc des Bastions at approximately 4.30 p.m., where refreshments will be provided to all participants.

The joint participation of staff, consultants and interns underlines the ongoing solidarity across the UN workforce. 

Subject to exigencies of service, we therefore ask supervisors to allow both staff members and interns to participate in the event on 1 May. We also recall that, regarding standards of conduct, interns are held to the same high standards of conduct that are applicable to United Nations staff members. They should therefore refrain from conduct that is violent or political in nature.

We hope to see many of you.

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How the ICSC's decisions last month affect your pay and conditions | Décisions de la CFPI ayant un impact sur votre rémunération et conditions de travail

Our broadcast on reforming the ICSC focused on the Geneva pay cut and made reference to the ICSC's recent spring meeting.
 
Please find below a more complete summary of the spring meeting, which covered a number of issues besides the pay cut, as well as the opening statement by the president of the federation to which the Staff Council belongs (CCISUA).
 
At the opening session the Secretary-General also warned the ICSC that its decisions had generated an unusually high and growing number of appeals from staff. He cautioned that its decisions needed to be transparent, communicated well, easily understood and based on tripartite dialogue that took administrative and legal concerns of employing organizations fully into account and included implementation measures with adequate mitigation and transition mechanisms.
 
In reading this summary, please bear in mind that UN organizations last year questioned the ICSC's statistical integrity.

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UN Beach is now open | La plage de l'ONU est désormais ouverte

The ski season may still be on, but in Geneva spring has arrived!
 
We are therefore pleased to inform you that UN Beach is open as of this month from 11 to 5 p.m. and as of 1 May and through the summer from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
Entry is open to staff, consultants and interns of UN common system organizations, accredited press, permanent missions and international NGOs, as well as their family members. The daily access fee is CHF 5 (reduced to CHF 2 for visitors to the restaurant on weekdays). There is no daily access fee for interns.
 
Alternatively, you can subscribe for CHF 100 for the season at unport.org, which also allows free use of pedalos, paddle boards and inflatable boats, and access to lockers and boat moorings.
 
Some of the improvements this year include: 

·     The children’s paddling pool has been replaced by a new and more salubrious installation that includes pump and filter. This means the water will stay clean and won’t have to be replaced, at great cost, every two days. The pool was donated by the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council at a cost of CHF 60’000.
·     The wall has been fixed, although a more fundamental repair will be needed when the lake levels are lowered in Spring 2020.
·     Subject to authorization, a pontoon of 200 square metres providing six new boat spaces, sunbathing space, storage for paddle boards (so they don’t have to be dragged up the stairs), easy access to the water (instead of slippery stairs) and a slide that goes straight into the lake, will shortly be installed.
·     Parking places are being marked out to ensure a more efficient use of the car park. A parking place for visitors or members with disabilities has been reserved.
·     The grass, which has suffered from several hot summers and is almost non-existent, is being replanted with a more hardy variety, ready to be used by mid-May.
·     More evening events and courses (yoga, paddle board yoga, sailing etc.)

 
Please visit unport.org for more information, including the restaurant menu and information about bookings and parties.
 
Looking forward to a long and hot summer!

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Where we stand on the campaign to improve our conditions of service | Point sur la campagne pour améliorer nos conditions de service

Thank you for coming to last week's staff meeting.
 
During the meeting we presented the current situation with regards to our three goals of:

- getting a review of last year's pay cut resulting from an incorrect application of the post adjustment system; 
- reforming how post adjustment is calculated to bring it into line with reality; and
- reforming the ICSC so that those ultimately affected by its decisions, staff, can have a proper say in its decisions.

We noted that despite the strikes, work stoppages and demonstrations, in Geneva and elsewhere, the ICSC had decided not to come back on its earlier decision. Thus the 7.7 percent pay cut remains at 5.2 percent. However, in response to our broadcasts, several hundred cases have been filed with the internal justice system and the lawyers working on this, both at the UN and the specialized agencies, believe there is a reasonable chance of success.

 
With regards to fixing the post adjustment system, we noted that the ICSC under pressure approved an in-depth review that will examine every element of how the calculations are done and which data sources are used. Our senior statisticians, who discovered the flaws in the first place, will be closely involved in this process. Our aim is to make the system as fair and unbiased as possible.
 
With regards to reforming the ICSC into a more tripartite structure, we understand that our partners on the management side have been having similar discussions and we believe that there are models of tripartite cooperation in the UN system that could be used. Ultimately this has to be our goal as it will not only prevent a recurrence of the pay cut, it will also move the ICSC away from its focus on cost-cutting and improve decisions in all areas affecting conditions of service, in Geneva but especially in the field where most staff are based.
 
A fair, transparent and participatory way to set conditions of service is all we ask for. As you proposed at the meeting, we will be focusing on this, using all the relevant expertise in-house and externally.

We welcome your feedback and will be keeping you updated all along as we move forward on our campaign together with staff unions around the world. 

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Third edition of "Courir sans Borne" | Troisième édition de « Courir sans Borne »

Following the success of the last year's second edition of "Courir sans Borne", the UN Staff Sports Commission at Geneva would like to invite you to participate in the 3rd Edition which will take place on 27 May 2018. There will be three races to choose from:

  1. A 10 km race between Ornex (France) and Collex-Bossy (Switzerland)
  2. A 10 km Nordic Walk
  3. A 5 km Family Walk

 

 

 

This year, the profits from the race will go to Sage-Femmes sans Frontières (Midwives Without Borders): an entirely voluntary NGO whose mission is to fight maternal and child mortality in developing countries.
 
For more information on the association "Courir sans Borne" and for online registrations, please click here.

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Decisions at last month's General Assembly that may affect you | Dernières décisions de l'Assemblée générale ayant un impact sur le personnel

As you will be aware, the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, which deals with administrative and budgetary matters, completed its first resumed session. The two big issues that took up their time were travel and a resubmitted proposal to restructure OHCHR.
 
We took this opportunity to exchange our views with delegates prior to their decisions.
 
On travel, the General Assembly approved the reinstatement of travel time for lump sum home leave, which is good news. However, they decided to maintain the level at 70 percent. We are in contact with the Department of Management with regards to ensuring nevertheless that the 70 percent is of the whole ticket cost including taxes and charges.
 
The General Assembly also considered a request by the Secretary-General to replace the current dual threshold for business class (9 hours if direct or 11 hours with up to 2 hours transit time if indirect) with a single threshold including transit time. While some countries pushed for this threshold to be 14 hours, others put up strong resistance. We took this opportunity to note the arduous nature of certain field-based travel and the necessity for staff, such as interpreters, to be in shape before assuming duties. We also contrasted UN work, involving frequent research and investigation field missions, with foreign services in which travel was mainly for the official and family to change post. We further noted that travel expenses would equal the travel budget regardless of threshold and that increasing the threshold would also increase the number of trips and CO2 emissions. The General Assembly asked the Secretary-General to return next year with proposals on a threshold.
 
The General Assembly noted negatively the number of tickets booked later than 16 days before travel and asked the Secretary-General to address this. Some countries wanted a rule that tickets booked later than 16 days should be economy only but this didn't pass - we pointed out that doing so could delay programme implementation. Thus no such rule was agreed but expect further compliance measures from your department.
 
You will no doubt be surprised (or not) to learn that the General Assembly decided that travel standards for their own participants in intergovernmental organs not be affected by changes to travel standards for staff.
 
On the restructuring of OHCHR, the General Assembly was asked to consider the proposal for the third time. The feeling among delegates was that with the imminent appointment of a new High Commissioner, a restructuring at this stage would be premature. For this reason it asked that the next High Commissioner make a proposal, if necessary, in 2019.

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  1. TODAY Townhall on the ICSC campaign and extraordinary assembly | AUJOURD'HUI Réunion générale sur la campagne contre la CFPI et assemblée extraordinaire
  2. 4th meeting of the 36th Council
  3. Our work programme 2018 | Notre programme de travail 2018
  4. Thank you for your actions on Friday + ICSC update | Merci de votre action du vendredi passé et informations mises à jour sur la CFPI
  5. Legal action against the pay cut 2018 | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales 2018
  6. Second day of strike tomorrow Friday | Deuxième jour de grève : demain vendredi
  7. Call for picket line volunteers for the next strike | Appel à volontaires pour les piquets de grève
  8. Thank you for taking part in the strike - Recap and next steps | Merci d'avoir pris part à la grève - Résumé et prochaines étapes
  9. The strike is on for tomorrow 16 March 2018 - please stay at home | La grève aura lieu demain 16 mars 2018 - restez chez vous
  10. Why the strike is important + information session on Wednesday at 1.15 p.m. | Pourquoi la grève est-elle importante et session d’information le mercredi à 13h15
  11. Consultation on a proposal for a strike | Consultation sur une proposition de grève
  12. Inter-Agency Games 2018 | Jeux Inter-institutions 2018
  13. The women who inspire us on IWD 2018 | Des femmes qui nous inspirent aujourd'hui
  14. How to appeal the pay cut at the Tribunal | Comment contester légalement les coupes de salaire?
  15. Tuesday's staff meeting on the pay cut and next steps | Réunion du mardi sur les coupes salariales et prochaines étapes
  16. Photos and video from the long service medal awards | Photos et vidéo de la cérémonie de remise de médailles pour service prolongé
  17. Staff-management working group recommends 4.4 percent increase in pensions | Le Groupe de travail personnel-administration recommande une augmentation de 4,4% des indemnités de pension
  18. Next steps following Monday's pay cut meeting | Prochaines étapes suite à la réunion de lundi sur les coupes salariales
  19. Professional audit shows Staff Council accounts to be correct and properly maintained | Résultats positifs de la vérification professionnelle des comptes du Conseil de coordination confirme que tout est en ordre
  20. Update on the creche project | Informations mises à jour sur la crèche
  21. Relax and get into shape this autumn with the Well-being & Health Club | Détendez-vous et maintenez votre forme cet automne avec le Club Santé et Bien-Etre
  22. Letter to Secretary-General urging him not to appeal judgment against pay cut in the compensation review | Lettre au Secrétaire général l'appelant à ne pas faire appel du jugement relatif à la baisse des salaires
  23. Long service medal awards ceremony 2018 | Cérémonie de remise de médailles pour service prolongé 2018
  24. Cafeteria to offer discounts to staff in the future | La cafétéria proposera des réductions à tout le personnel
  25. Mandatory age of separation is now 65 for all staff | L'âge obligatoire de départ à la retraite est désormais de 65 ans pour tous les fonctionnaires
  26. Good news for staff pay at the UN Dispute Tribunal | Bonnes nouvelles du Tribunal administratif concernant la rémunération des fonctionnaires
  27. Better news than expected regarding impact on staff of budget cuts | De meilleures nouvelles que prévu concernant l'impact des réductions budgétaires sur le personnel
  28. Happy Holidays from the Staff Council | Joyeuses fêtes de la part du Conseil du personnel
  29. Percussion classes at the Palais 2017-2018 | Stage de percussions au Palais 2017-2018
  30. FROM THE UN STAFF UNIONS: Procurement scandals and cover-ups at pension fund; SG urged not to renew its CEO
  31. Making it easier to come to work by bike | Rendre facile la venue au travail en vélo
  32. 2017 Christmas Concert by the UN Music Club | Concert de Noël du Club de musique de l'ONU 2017
  33. Discounts for UN staff | Rabais spécialement négociés pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONUG
  34. Townhall on parental leave | Réunion sur le congé parental
  35. Swiss nationality | Nationalité suisse
  36. Session on the staff selection system and your rights | Réunion sur le système de sélection et vos droits 11/12/2017
  37. Christmas concert | Concert de Noël 2017
  38. Medical insurance for dependents of Swiss nationals | Assurance médicale pour les personnes à la charge des ressortissants suisses
  39. 2017 Staff party on 8 December | Fête de fin d'année du personnel le 8 décembre 2017
  40. 2017 International Photo Club Annual Contest | Concours annuel du Club photo international 2017
  41. We met with Member States to defend your interests | Nous avons rencontré les Etats membres pour défendre vos intérêts
  42. International Photo Club Annual Contest 2017 | Concours annuel du Club photo international 2017
  43. News on the Pension Fund | Nouvelles concernant la Caisse des pensions
  44. 10th meeting of the 35th Council
  45. We all have a role to play in eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace | Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer dans l'élimination du harcèlent sexuel sur le lieu de travail
  46. Lunchtime staff event on Place des Nations and intern event at ILO | Événement pour le personnel sur la Place des Nations et événement pour les stagiaires au BIT
  47. Call for volunteers: staff party talent show and parade of nations | Appel à volontaires pour un "talent show" et une parade des nations pour la fête du personnel
  48. Staff Council resolution on SHP expresses serious concerns | Une résolution du Conseil exprime de vives inquiétudes en relation avec le PSP
  49. Session on the staff selection system and your rights | Réunion sur le système de sélection et vos droits
  50. UN Beach open until 22 October | Le Club de la plage de l'ONU ouvert jusqu'au 22 octobre
  51. UN Beach open until 15 October | Le Club de la plage de l'ONU ouvert jusqu'au 15 octobre
  52. Summary of last week's townhall on the pay cut | Résumé de la Réunion générale de la semaine passée sur les coupes salariales
  53. 9th meeting of the 35th Council
  54. Join the UN Football Club | Devenez membre du Club de football de l'ONU
  55. New training activity of the UNOG Table Tennis Club | Le Club de tennis de table de l'ONUG vous propose une nouvelle activité
  56. Changes to the rules on mandatory age of separation | Amendements des règles relatives à l’âge de la retraite
  57. Dance classes at the UN | Cours de danse à l'ONU
  58. Collection for the victims of the recent earthquake in Mexico | Collecte en faveur des victimes du récent tremblement de terre au Mexique
  59. Meeting with the Geneva private schools association | Rencontre avec l’Association genevoise des écoles privées
  60. Theatre Club starts again on Tuesday 19 September | Le Club de théâtre reprend ses activités le mardi 19 septembre
  61. Update on the legal appeal against the pay cut | Informations mises à jour sur le recours juridique contre les coupes de salaire
  62. 8th meeting of the 35th Council
  63. Staff Council statement for World Humanitarian Day and petition | Intervention du Conseil de coordination du personnel à l'occasion de la Journée humanitaire mondiale et péitition
  64. Summer's not yet over at UN Beach | L’été n’est pas encore fini à la plage de l’ONU
  65. Percussion classes at the Palais | Stage de percussions au Palais
  66. New crèche places for UN staff | Nouvelles places de crèche pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONU
  67. Action to take on legal cases regarding pay cuts | Mesures à prendre concernant la procédure juridique contre les coupes salariales
  68. Important news on the pay cut | Nouvelles importantes sur les coupes salariales
  69. Tennis camp for children during the summer holidays | Stages de tennis pendant les vacances d’été
  70. Your last chance to oppose the salary cut | Votre dernière chance de s'opposer aux coupes salariales
  71. Children's sailing courses and evening yacht cruises at the UN Beach Club | Cours d’initiation à la voile pour enfants et Croisières en yacht au Club de la plage de l'ONU
  72. Townhall tomorrow with important updates on the pay cut | Réunion générale sur les principaux développements relatifs aux coupes salariales
  73. Legal action against the pay cut (template form) | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales (formulaire type)
  74. Legal action against the pay cut | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales
  75. Important improvements to the UN Beach Club | Améliorations importantes du Club de la Plage de l'ONU
  76. Thank you for taking part in the work stoppage | Merci d'avoir participé à l'arrêt de travail
  77. Open Day for golf and tennis initiation - 24 June 2017 | Journée Portes ouvertes (initiation au golf et au tennis) - 24 juin 2017
  78. Your donation for the victims of floods in Peru | Votre donation aux victimes des inondations au Pérou
  79. Crèche places for UN staff | Places de crèche pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONU
  80. Further information on the upcoming work stoppage| Informations supplémentaires sur l'arrêt de travail envisagé
  81. Upcoming work stoppage | Arrêt de travail
  82. Come watch a UN Theatre Club play - 14, 15 and 16 June at 7 p.m.| Pièce de théâtre par le Club de théâtre de l'ONU - les 14, 15 et 16 juin à 19 heures
  83. Letter to management on work stoppages | Lettre sur les arrêts de travail
  84. Survey on Protection Against Retaliation | Enquête auprès du personnel sur la protection contre les représailles
  85. Photos from the Children's party 2017 | Photos de la fête des enfants 2017
  86. Children's Party "Pirates for Peace" | Fête des enfants "Des corsaires pour la Paix"
  87. Extraordinary meeting of all Geneva staff on Wednesday regarding the 7.7 % pay cut | Réunion extraordinaire des fonctionnaires à Genève au sujet des coupes salariales de 7.7%
  88. Concert celebrating 70 Years of the "UN Singers" | Concert à l'occasion des 70 ans des "UN Singers"
  89. Next steps on the pay cut | Prochaines actions contre les coupes salariales
  90. Second edition of "Courir sans Borne" | Deuxième édition de « Courir sans Borne »
  91. Update on the "No 7.5% Pay Cut" campaign | Informations mises à jour sur la campagne contre les coupes salariales de 7.5%
  92. The Children's party is postponed to 31 May due to bad weather | La fête des enfants est reportée au 31 mai en raison du mauvais temps
  93. No Pay Cut rally | Rassemblement contre les coupes salariales
  94. Paper raises serious questions regarding the credibility of the decision of the International Civil Service Commission to reduce pay in Geneva by 7.5 percent | Un document soulève des questions sérieuses sur la crédibilité de la décision de la Commission
  95. No to 7.5% pay cut | Non aux coupures de 7.5%
  96. Upcoming session of the Staff Management Committee | Session du Comité Administration-Personnel
  97. Our campaign against 7.5% pay cut
  98. Follow-up to our meeting yesterday on the 7.5 percent pay cut | Suivi de notre réunion d’hier sur la baisse de salaire de 7,5%
  99. Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - 3 May 2017
  100. The 7.5 percent pay cut and how we must fight it | Une baisse de salaire de 7,5% et comment la combattre