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Photos from the Children's party | Photos de la fête des enfants

This year's children's party was a huge success. The children got to compete in a mini olymprics, enjoy the park, and, because of the UN's egalitarian approach to performance management, all went home with their own gold medal.

The photos are now online and can be viewed here.

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Latest on the retirement age

As we have mentioned in our previous broadcasts, the General Assembly has agreed in principle to allow staff who joined before 2014 to be able to choose to work until 65 if they wish or retire at 60 or 62. However, it asked the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), which sets our conditions of service, to revert as early as possible with an implementation date.

As you may recall, the ICSC had earlier recommended 1 January 2016 for implementation based on consultations with staff federations, such as CCISUA and FICSA (the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council is a member of CCISUA) and management representatives of organizations. However, last year a number of organizations changed position and decided to lobby against the ICSC’s recommendation.

Attached documents
Download this file (LetterSGRetirementAge.pdf)LetterSGRetirementAge.pdf

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Collection for the victims of the Nepal earthquake | Collecte pour les victimes du séisme au Népal

The recent earthquake that hit Nepal has had devastating humanitarian and economic effects.

In solidarity, the Nepalese community in UNOG decided to organize, in collaboration with the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council, a collection in benefit of the victims. The funds raised will be transferred in equal parts to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières) and the Nepalese Red Cross.

The collection will take place this Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 May in the following times and locations :

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Situation on the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

In response to many of our colleagues' concerns, please find herein a note on the pension fund situation.

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Vote to remove benefits for same-sex partners of staff defeated | Rejet de la proposition sur la suppression des bénéfices octroyés aux partenaires du même sexe

As you may have read in the press, the General Assembly Fifth Committee on Tuesday defeated a proposal, by 80 votes to 43, to remove benefits for same-sex married partners. Had it passed it would have created two classes of staff (those whose spouses can receive benefits and those whose spouses can't) and set a precedent of countries micro-managing the Secretary-General on administrative matters.

The outcome (full breakdown here: https://www.facebook.com/unstaffunions) is the result of extensive lobbying by governments, management, UN Globe and staff unions.

We naturally welcome this result. The UN advocates for human rights around the world and it's quite right therefore that it should not pay benefits to staff according to their sexual orientation. We're glad that after three months of uncertainty on how the vote would go, common sense prevailed.

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Comme vous avez dû l’apprendre à travers la presse, la Cinquième commission de l’Assemblée Générale a rejeté mardi une proposition visant à supprimer les bénéfices dont peuvent jouir les partenaires du même sexe liés par un contrat de mariage. Ce rejet s’est fait à travers un vote (80 voix contre et 43 voix pour). Il est à noter que si cette proposition était passée, on se serait retrouvé face à deux catégories de fonctionnaires (ceux dont les conjoints peuvent recevoir des bénéfices et ceux dont les conjoints ne peuvent pas en recevoir) et à un précédent où les pays feraient de la micro-gestion dans les affaires administratives qui sont du ressort du Secrétaire-Général.

Le résultat atteint est le fruit d’une vaste campagne de pression menée par les gouvernements, l’Administration, UN Globe et les syndicats (Pour plus de détails, prière de se rendre au lien suivant : https://www.facebook.com/unstaffunions).

Il est sûr que nous nous réjouissons de ce résultat. Les Nations Unies défendent les droits de l’homme dans le monde et partant de là, il est inconcevable d’octroyer des bénéfices aux fonctionnaires selon leur orientation sexuelle. Nous nous félicitions du fait que c’est la logique qui a prévalu après trois mois de doutes quant au résultat du vote.

Three-day strike at FAO and letter of support

As you may be aware, our colleagues at FAO are in the midst of a three-day strike (with possibility of extension) after management imposed a new rule on temporary staff without consultations and censured staff who had held an earlier protest on the issue.

Please find here a letter of support to our colleagues at FAO.

Attached documents
Download this file (CCISUASupportFAO.pdf)CCISUASupportFAO.pdf

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  3. Tell us what you think about changes to your salary, education grant, and other benefits | Votre avis sur les changements dans la rémunération, les indemnités pour frais d'études et autres indemnités
  4. Change of pay day | Changement de la date de paie
  5. New Swiss nationality law
  6. Le Temps: Le franc fort est aussi un coup dur pour les internationaux
  7. Remembering our fallen colleagues
  8. General Assembly that will affect you, including on retirement
  9. Urge the United Nations not to vote against same-sex marriage
  10. Staff position on UN holidays
  11. Staff Council promotes staff interests in New York
  12. Statement at General Assembly on retirement age, salaries
  13. Update on problems at the UN pension fund
  14. Head of WIPO staff association fired in retaliation for whistleblowing
  15. Security Council supports our campaign for staff safety
  16. On World Humanitarian Day, UN staff ask that those who kill their colleagues be brought to justice
  17. Potential changes to your pay, benefits and choice of retirement age
  18. Staff unions highlight management problems at UN pension fund
  19. Union protests lack of whistleblower protection at UN as court rules on case of whistleblower James Wasserstrom
  20. Survey results | Résultats de l'enquête (FWA - Office space)
  21. The situation at UNDP
  22. Regularization of French taxes
  23. Protect our pension fund from the wolves of Wall Street
  24. In memoriam: Yannick Gagneret
  25. Call for Candidates: Central Review Panel
  26. New resolution on mobility
  27. Work programme of the Council
  28. Worrying developments at the pension fund
  29. Media and other coverage during the campaign to restore negotiation rights
  30. Call for candidates - Arbitration Commission
  31. Children's Easter party | Fête de Pâques pour les enfants - Wednesday 16 April
  32. How to opt out of the new internal tax on justice
  33. Results of the 2014 elections to the Coordinating Council
  34. Articles in Le Temps
  35. Elections of the Staff Coordinating Council 2014
  36. G-1 to G-4 selection
  37. Current situation in GPAFI
  38. Invitation to the Inter-agency games 2014
  39. Inter-Agency games 2014
  40. Collection for the Philippines | Collecte pour les Philippines
  41. Remarks from Staff Council at UNOG memorial ceremony for staff killed in Kabul, Geneva, 20 January, 11 a.m.
  42. Results of the survey on service providers in the Palais
  43. Human Rights Day and wage cuts
  44. 2012-2013 Audit Report and actions taken
  45. Update on mobility
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  47. Support for UN staff from unions, articles and blogs
  48. UK's Trades Union Congress calls on SG to recognize UN unions
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  50. How does your department compare in the award of ePas ratings?
  51. Letter to the Secretary-General: Union rights save UN lives
  52. ICSC recommends retirement at 65
  53. Secretary-General removes right of staff to be effectively represented
  54. Informing member states of the staff-management relations crisis
  55. Thank you for coming to the townhall on the UN staff-management relations crisis
  56. Letter to the Secretary-General on the crisis in staff-management relations
  57. Management terminates negotiations with staff unions; mobility, downsizing rules unresolved
  58. Council position papers for SMC 2
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  60. Second meeting of the Staff-Management Committee
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  62. New standards of conduct for staff
  63. General Assembly resolutions affecting staff
  64. The 31st Council unanimously agreed to adopt its work programme
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  66. Staff dealt further round of cuts
  67. Staff protest management proposal to dilute conditions and rights
  68. Budget cut implications
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  74. Counter-proposal of staff on mobility
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  78. Council publishes 2012-2013 work programme
  79. Impact of policy preventing temporary staff on vacant posts
  80. Letter to the Secretary-General on proposed changes in travel standards | Lettre aux Secrétaire-général sur la modification proposée des conditions de voyage
  81. Propositions de l'Equipe de changement de gestion
  82. Change management proposals
  83. ICTY Staff Union launches programme for vulnerable employees
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  97. Update on UN budget cuts
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  100. Council launches 2011-2010 work programme