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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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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

In response to the request of many of you, SAFI now offers a wide range of products gluten and lactose-free products.

Moreover, SAFI has decided to grant to all UN staff a 15% discount  (instead of the usual 13%) on all items in stock this Thursday 26 March.

The Staff Coordinating Council would like to remind that its dues-paying members may benefit from this discount the day before schedule (25 March) upon presentation of their membership card. This may be the perfect opportunity for those of you who are not yet dues-paying member of the Council to consider registering as such (following this link), which also gives access to many other benefits and discounts.

If you are a dues-paying member of the Council but do not yet have your 2015 membership card, please send us your passport-size photo at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will send it to you by internal mail.

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En réponse à la demande d’un grand nombre d’entre vous, le SAFI propose désormais une large gamme de produits sans gluten et sans lactose.

De plus, le SAFI a décidé d’accorder à tous les fonctionnaires de l’ONU un rabais de 15% (au lieu des 13% habituels) sur tous les articles en stock et ce le jeudi 26 mars. 

Le Conseil de coordination du personnel de l’ONUG voudrait rappeler à ses membres cotisants qu’ils peuvent bénéficier de ce rabais à partir du mercredi 25 mars sur simple présentation de leur carte de membre. Peut-être est-ce l’occasion pour ceux d’entre vous qui ne sont pas encore membre du Conseil d’envisager d’y adhérer (suivre ce lien), d’autant plus que d’autres bénéfices vous attendent.

Si vous êtes membre cotisant du Conseil mais vous n'avez pas encore votre carte de membre 2015, veuillez nous envoyer votre photo format passeport à l'adresse suivante:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  et nous vous la ferons parvenir par courrier interne.

Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - Wednesday 29 April

The UNOG Staff Coordinating Council is pleased to organize for its staff member's children, a children’s Spring party, which will take place on Wednesday 29 April from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.

For instructions and registration forms, please refer the attached documents.

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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

As you may be aware, the compensation for staff in the Professional and higher categories is currently being reviewed. The review will affect how and how much you are paid and includes proposals relating to your salary, education and relocation grants, hardship and other allowances.

The review is being conducted by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a body made up of 15 commissioners appointed by the General Assembly, which decides our pay and benefits. 

The federations of staff unions of the UN common system represent you at meetings of the ICSC, and we would like to know what you think of these proposals and how they might affect your willingness to be more geographically mobile. Your thoughts will play an important role in the upcoming meeting of the ICSC, from 16-27 March. 

Please take five minutes to respond to this important survey (for P and D staff only), whose outcome will affect how you are paid in the future.

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Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que la rémunération des fonctionnaires de la catégorie professionnelle et supérieure fait l'objet d'un examen à l'heure actuelle. Les résultats de cet examen auront un impact sur votre salaire. Il y a un nombre de propositions qui sont à l'étude et qui sont relatives à votre salaire, aux indemnités pour frais d'études, aux primes de réinstallation et de sujétion ainsi qu’à d’autres indemnités.

L’étude est menée par la Commission de la fonction publique internationale (CFPI) qui est un organe nommé par l’Assemblée générale et composé de 15 commissaires. La CFPI fixe notre rémunération et les avantages sociaux que nous recevons.

Les fédérations des syndicats du système commun de l’ONU vous représentent lors des réunions de la CFPI et aimeraient avoir votre avis quant à ces propositions et à l’impact qu’elles auraient sur votre aptitude à être plus mobile géographiquement. Vos idées sont fondamentales pour la prochaine réunion de la CFPI qui aura lieu du 16 au 27 mars. 

Vous êtes priés de consacrer 5 minutes à l’enquête suivante (pour le personnel P et D) dont les résultats auront des retombées sur votre salaire.

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