Council warns Secretary-General to respect consultation procedures on mobility and promotion

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The staff unions of the United Nations yesterday issued a joint statement condemning a memo from the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, published on Inner City Press, which requested the implementation of a new mobility framework with the following features:

  • that staff undertake a geographic move in order to be eligible to apply for a post at P-5 and above;
  • that every year 40 percent of total recruitments in each department to be from outside that department or from outside the UN and that pilots in Geneva and New York should begin in 2011; and
  • that no staff member be promoted twice consecutively in the same department.

While the memo is yet to be implemented, the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council is firmly opposed to it, not only because of its content but because it was not subject to staff-management consultation. In fact, a staff-management working group on career development and mobility already exists that has been preparing reasonable, realistic and positive recommendations that are interest of staff and the organization.

For this reason the Council participated in the joint statement, which we encourage you to read here.