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Opt out now from the internal justice tax | Quittez le régime de taxe pour la justice interne

Two years ago, staff were asked to contribute a new "justice tax" of 0.05 percent of your salary to help fund the Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA), a body which provides legal advice and representation to staff to contest administrative decisions against them. You are currently paying this through payroll deduction unless you opted out.

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Agissez maintenant : De nouvelles propositions pavent la voie pour la sortie de la Caisse commune des pensions du personnel de l’ONU au moment où les investissements s'externalisent

Cette pétition est produite par les fédérations FICSA, UNSERV et CCISUA.

  • Des nouvelles règles financières sont proposées pour la sortie de la Caisse commune au moment où la gestion des investissements par des banques et des fonds spéculatifs s'externalise.
  • La nouvelle politique en matière de ressources humaines réduit l’indépendance du personnel qui gère notre argent et augmente le climat de peur qui règne  au sein de la Caisse.
  • Le retard de versement des pensions reste important malgré des dires contraires.
  • Afin de sauvegarder notre pension, les syndicats appellent les membres du Comité mixte à bloquer l’adoption de nouvelles règles financières et appellent le Secrétaire général à annuler les changements au niveau de la politique relative aux ressources humaines et pour que la Caisse paie les nouveaux retraités à temps..

LIEN POUR LA PETITION : https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Board_of_the_UN_Pension_Fund_and_SecretaryGeneral_Ban_Kimoon_Save_our_pension_fund/?cRtCggb

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Staff position papers on retirement age and placement of Secretary-General's staff | Documents de position sur l’âge de la retraire et le placement du personnel travaillant pour le Secrétaire général

In our last broadcast on retirement age we informed you that the Staff-Management Committee had failed to reach agreement on the implementation date for the new policy that allows staff who joined before 2014 to be able to choose to retire at 65. 

As a result of this disagreement, SMC procedures require each side (staff and management) to make submissions to the Secretary-General promoting their respective positions. For memory, staff had argued for 1 January 2017 and management for 1 January 2018.

The joint staff union submission, arguing for 2017, can be read here.

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Act now to protect our Pension Fund | Agissez maintenant pour sauver notre Caisse des pensions

Act Now to protect our pension fund!

  • Proposed financial rules remove pension fund from the United Nations and allow outsourcing to banks and hedge funds.
  • This is backed by new human resources policy that reduces independence of staff who manage our money and exacerbates climate of fear inside Fund.
  • Pension payment delays remain significant despite claims to the contrary.
  • To protect our retirement income, unions call on Board members to block new financial rules, on Secretary-General to rescind human resources changes and for the fund to pay new retirees on time.

PETITION LINK: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Board_of_the_UN_Pension_Fund_and_SecretaryGeneral_Ban_Kimoon_Save_our_pension_fund/?cRtCggb

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Townhall on General Service career development, Friday 8 July | Réunion du personnel sur le développement de carrière pour les services généraux, vendredi 8 juillet

In the recent survey on activities and priorities for the Staff Council, many General Service colleagues expressed frustration with the lack of career development opportunities available to you.

We have set up working groups with management, in Geneva and globally, to examine this and identify solutions. A recent achievement was management's agreement, at our request, on granting of special post allowance (SPA) for temporary P assignments, ability to apply to P category posts and without having to resign first, and a broader pool of posts being available to successful G to P candidates. (However, these will need to be approved by the General Assembly.)

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Photos from the garden party | Photos de la fête champêtre

It was great to see so many of you at our 1st July garden party, held to celebrate the staff, consultants, contractors and interns who make the UN what it is today.

We had a great time and we hope you did too. Here are some videos and photos to remember the event by. If you would like to add yours to the album, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  1. Annual staff garden party on Friday 1 July | Fête champêtre du personnel le vendredi 1 juillet
  2. How will the new office space impact your work and health? | Quel est l'impact du nouvel espace de bureau sur votre travail et santé?
  3. Agreements at the Staff-Management Committee that affect you, many positively | Accords du Comité Administration-Personnel qui vous touchent, dont plusieurs positivement
  4. Let's stop sexual exploitation and abuse by staff and peacekeepers | Mettons fin à l’exploitation et aux abus sexuels commis par des fonctionnaires ou des membres des opérations de maintien de la paix
  5. Tell us what you would like the Staff Council to do | Qu'aimeriez-vous que le Conseil de coordination fasse?
  6. Changes to General Service salaries | Changements de salaire pour les agents des services généraux
  7. Retirement age | Age de la retraite
  8. On current trends UN pension fund will take 14 months to clear payment backlog | Au rythme actuel, la Caisse des pensions a besoin de 14 mois pour éliminer le retard de paiement
  9. 2016-2017 Work Programme | Programme de travail
  10. Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - 11 May 2016
  11. Staff-Management Committee
  12. Flexible workplace strategies in the SHP | Stratégies de gestion souple de l’espace de travail dans le PSP
  13. Current situation at UNRISD | Situation actuelle à l'UNRISD
  14. Our statement on proposed open office workspace at recent SHP townhall | Intervention lors de la réunion d'information récente sur l'espace de bureau ouvert proposé
  15. Our statement on proposed open office workspace at last week's SHP townhall
  16. Sign this petition to resolve problems at our pension fund | Signez cette pétition pour régler les problèmes à la Caisse des pensions
  17. Long service medal awards ceremony | Cérémonie de remise de médailles pour service prolongé
  18. Inter-Agency Games 2016
  19. Petition to replace the CEO of the UN Pension Fund
  20. How to access mediation to solve conflict in your work unit | La médiation pour résoudre les conflits sur le lieu du travail
  21. Survey on reforming parental leave for a modern workplace
  22. Staff unions propose actions to resolve pension fund crisis | Les syndicats du personnel proposent des actions pour résoudre la crise du fonds de pension
  23. Survey on an implementation date for retirement at 65 | Enquête sur le départ à la retraite à 65
  24. Call for Applications - UN Special Deputy Editor | Appel à candidature - Editeur en chef adjoint du UN Special
  25. New Editor-in-Chief of UN Special | Un nouvel éditeur en chef à la tête de UN special
  26. Call to join the UN Football Club | Appel à rejoindre le Club de football de l'ONU
  27. Important changes to our pay and retirement age | Modifications importantes à nos salaires et à l'age de la retraite
  28. Guess how the SG reacted? - Campaign against pay cuts | Quelle était la réaction du Secrétaire-général? - campagne contre les coupures de salaire
  29. Significant delays in paying out UN pensions | Retards considérables dans le versement de la pension de retraite
  30. Staff unions hand letter to Secretary-General
  31. Public Services International calls on SG Ban Ki-moon to oppose pay cuts for UN frontline staff
  32. Developments on office space in the Palais | Informations mises à jour sur l'espace de travail au Palais
  33. Stage de percussions au Palais | Percussion classes at the Palais
  34. Petition against 10% pay cuts | Pétition contre des coupures de salaire de 10%
  35. Submission on SHP to ACABQ
  36. Update on the restructuring at OHCHR
  37. Resumption of yoga classes | Reprise des cours de yoga
  38. Outcome of the compensation review of the professional category | Résultats de l’examen des conditions de rémunération de la catégorie professionnelle
  39. Staff union statement: UN should pay its interns
  40. ICSC decides staff can choose to retire at 65 with implementation during 2016
  41. Update on the retirement age and link to campaign | Dernières nouvelles sur l'age de la retraite et lien vers la campagne
  42. Photos from the garden party | Photos de la fête en plein air
  43. Palais garden party on Friday 26 June | Fête en plein air au Palais le vendredi 26 juin
  44. UN Theatre Club: Musée haut, musée bas
  45. Tell us what kind of office you need after the renovations | De quel type de bureaux auriez-vous besoin après les rénovations?
  46. Breastfeeding room now renovated | Rénovation de la salle d'allaitement
  47. Calligraphy Exhibition “Tell us Jubran”, 2-11 June 2015, Building E, Door 40, 2nd floor | Exposition Calligraphie « Dis-nous Joubran », 2-11 Juin 2015, Bâtiment E, Porte 40, 2eme étage
  48. 5th meeting of the 33rd Staff Council
  49. Photos from the Children's party | Photos de la fête des enfants
  50. Latest on the retirement age
  51. Collection for the victims of the Nepal earthquake | Collecte pour les victimes du séisme au Népal
  52. Situation on the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  53. 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
  54. Three-day strike at FAO and letter of support
  55. News on SAFI: Gluten/lactose-free products and 15% discount on 26 March | Nouveau au SAFI : Produits sans gluten et sans lactose et Rabais de 15% le 26 mars
  56. Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - Wednesday 29 April
  57. 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
  58. Change of pay day | Changement de la date de paie
  59. New Swiss nationality law
  60. Le Temps: Le franc fort est aussi un coup dur pour les internationaux
  61. Remembering our fallen colleagues
  62. General Assembly that will affect you, including on retirement
  63. Urge the United Nations not to vote against same-sex marriage
  64. Staff position on UN holidays
  65. Staff Council promotes staff interests in New York
  66. Statement at General Assembly on retirement age, salaries
  67. Update on problems at the UN pension fund
  68. Head of WIPO staff association fired in retaliation for whistleblowing
  69. Security Council supports our campaign for staff safety
  70. On World Humanitarian Day, UN staff ask that those who kill their colleagues be brought to justice
  71. Potential changes to your pay, benefits and choice of retirement age
  72. Staff unions highlight management problems at UN pension fund
  73. Union protests lack of whistleblower protection at UN as court rules on case of whistleblower James Wasserstrom
  74. Survey results | Résultats de l'enquête (FWA - Office space)
  75. The situation at UNDP
  76. Regularization of French taxes
  77. Protect our pension fund from the wolves of Wall Street
  78. In memoriam: Yannick Gagneret
  79. Call for Candidates: Central Review Panel
  80. New resolution on mobility
  81. Work programme of the Council
  82. Worrying developments at the pension fund
  83. Media and other coverage during the campaign to restore negotiation rights
  84. Call for candidates - Arbitration Commission
  85. Children's Easter party | Fête de Pâques pour les enfants - Wednesday 16 April
  86. How to opt out of the new internal tax on justice
  87. Results of the 2014 elections to the Coordinating Council
  88. Articles in Le Temps
  89. Elections of the Staff Coordinating Council 2014
  90. G-1 to G-4 selection
  91. Current situation in GPAFI
  92. Invitation to the Inter-agency games 2014
  93. Inter-Agency games 2014
  94. Collection for the Philippines | Collecte pour les Philippines
  95. Remarks from Staff Council at UNOG memorial ceremony for staff killed in Kabul, Geneva, 20 January, 11 a.m.
  96. Results of the survey on service providers in the Palais
  97. Human Rights Day and wage cuts
  98. 2012-2013 Audit Report and actions taken
  99. Update on mobility
  100. Don't fill in compensation review survey