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Don't fill in compensation review survey

As you may know, the International Civil Service Commission, at the request of certain member states and organizations, is reviewing our salaries, allowances and benefits. Called the compensation review, it is supposed to ensure that our pay remains competitive. In the current political and economic climate, this may increase our pay, but it may also reduce it. This is why we are paying careful attention to every stage of this review.

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Support for UN staff from unions, articles and blogs

You will recall that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon derecognized staff unions on 11 July. This means he now refuses to negotiate with staff on safety and security, welfare and conditions of service. This is at a time when staff are being regularly attacked and killed in the field and when management wants to move administrative jobs out of Geneva and to a "service centre". The UN's staff unions are campaigning for Ban Ki-moon to reverse his decision.

In light of this, the Institute of Employment Rights invited to us to a panel event to brief outside trade unions on the current situation. It took place at the annual meeting of the UK's Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Bournemouth, England. The presentation is here.

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UK's Trades Union Congress calls on SG to recognize UN unions

We are not alone. On the eve of its annual conference in Bournemouth, England, the Trades Union Congress, one of Europe's biggest and oldest federations of unions, has called on the Secretary-General to recognize the staff unions of the UN.

In the letter, which you can read here, TUC head Frances O'Grady also expresses concern that the rights of UN staff "were unilaterally withdrawn just days before the terrorist attack on the UN office in Mogadishu, given that the health and safety of employees has been shown to benefit from trade union representation".

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United Nations unions appalled at UN's use of mercenaries

UN Unions are today calling on United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to urgently review its use of mercenaries to carry out security and peacekeeping work ahead of the 2013 General Assembly. UN Unions believe this practice is damaging the UN and putting staff at increasing risk, and taking place against the worrying backdrop of an attack on staff employment rights by UN management.

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How does your department compare in the award of ePas ratings?

Following a number of requests we are pleased to share with you a graph showing how ePas grades were awarded across different departments of the UN.

We have raised the disparities with New York. However, should you have any concerns, you may also wish to discuss this with your supervisor.

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Letter to the Secretary-General: Union rights save UN lives

Unions will deliver a letter to the Secretary-General on Monday 19 August, highlighting the risks threatening front line staff as a result of his unilateral withdrawal from agreed staff-management negotiating forums.

Delivery of the letter, which accuses UN management of putting staff at risk by tearing up union negotiating rights, coincides with the tenth anniversary of the tragic deaths of 15 UN personnel following the bombing of the UN building in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Since Baghdad there have been a further 555 attacks on staff of which over 200 have resulted in deaths. A further 102 staff died in the Haiti earthquake.

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  1. ICSC recommends retirement at 65
  2. Secretary-General removes right of staff to be effectively represented
  3. Informing member states of the staff-management relations crisis
  4. Thank you for coming to the townhall on the UN staff-management relations crisis
  5. Letter to the Secretary-General on the crisis in staff-management relations
  6. Management terminates negotiations with staff unions; mobility, downsizing rules unresolved
  7. Council position papers for SMC 2
  8. The Council's approach on mobility
  9. Second meeting of the Staff-Management Committee
  10. New policy on renewal of fixed-term appointments
  11. New standards of conduct for staff
  12. General Assembly resolutions affecting staff
  13. The 31st Council unanimously agreed to adopt its work programme
  14. Invitation to the Inter-Agency Games 2013
  15. Staff dealt further round of cuts
  16. Staff protest management proposal to dilute conditions and rights
  17. Budget cut implications
  18. General Assembly resolutions affecting you
  19. Vote on 13 and 14 December for the pension fund board
  20. Council questions OCHA decision to offshore jobs - against main recommendation of management study
  21. Insecurity in Geneva | Insécurité à Genève
  22. Proposal for mobility of locally-recruited staff
  23. Counter-proposal of staff on mobility
  24. Council members trained to represent you
  25. First meeting of the Staff-Management Committee
  26. Encouraging flexible working arrangements
  27. Council publishes 2012-2013 work programme
  28. Impact of policy preventing temporary staff on vacant posts
  29. Letter to the Secretary-General on proposed changes in travel standards | Lettre aux Secrétaire-général sur la modification proposée des conditions de voyage
  30. Propositions de l'Equipe de changement de gestion
  31. Change management proposals
  32. ICTY Staff Union launches programme for vulnerable employees
  33. Council presents proposal for a crèche
  34. Positive developments with the education grant
  35. Salaries will not be cut
  36. Proposal to cut salaries
  37. Message du Conseil à la mémoire de Jay Wormus
  38. Staff party photos now online
  39. Photos from the children's party
  40. 2011 Staff party featuring Kassav
  41. Registration now open for Children's Christmas party
  42. Our meeting with the Secretary-General
  43. Staff talent show
  44. Change management at the UN
  45. Staff survey on the retirement age and related pension issues
  46. Update on UN budget cuts
  47. Lively discussions at staff townhall on mobility
  48. Strong turnout at staff townhall on pensions
  49. Council launches 2011-2010 work programme
  50. Council warns Secretary-General to respect consultation procedures on mobility and promotion
  51. Council condemns three percent cuts
  52. Collection for Japan
  53. Council elects new office holders
  54. 2010-2011 audited accounts of the Council now online
  55. Council makes referendum proposal to change mandate duration and election dates
  56. Council meets with UN HR Chief Catherine Pollard
  57. Registration open for the Inter-Agency Games
  58. A creche within 24 months
  59. UNCTAD staff reps and management promote flexible working arrangements
  60. Council publishes annual attendance record of its members
  61. Annual report sets out Council's key achievements in the last year
  62. General Assembly agrees continuing appointments as of 2011
  63. Photos of the staff party
  64. Council names representatives to the UN Special Editorial Board
  65. Documents