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Vote on 13 and 14 December for the pension fund board

Vote on 13 and 14 December for four staff representatives and two alternates to the board of the pension fund. We encourage all staff who are members of the pension fund to vote by following this link.

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Council questions OCHA decision to offshore jobs - against main recommendation of management study

As you may know, OCHA management has decided unilaterally to offshore administrative support posts from Geneva and New York to a third location. This decision will have an impact on staff in Geneva and New York, especially general service colleagues who cannot move with their posts. It is disappointing that OCHA management used the report (available here) to justify their decision, yet ignored its main, well-analysed conclusion, that administrative support should be consolidated in Geneva and New York and not offshored to a third location.

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Insecurity in Geneva | Insécurité à Genève

At its meeting on 27 September, the Council will be discussing the issue of insecurity in Geneva. This follows requests from several staff members.

For memory, you will recall that last autumn the Council organized a townhall on this issue at which the Chief of Security of UNOG explained the challenges posed by cross-border crime and the active dialogue in place between UNOG and the national and local authorities. The Council was also invited to a briefing by the local police on a task force that had been created to tackle crime.

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Proposal for mobility of locally-recruited staff

We are pleased to share with you a proposal on voluntary mobility for locally-recruited (i.e. GS) staff. The proposal will be discussed at the upcoming staff-management SMC negotiations taking place in Arusha from 13 to 23 June. The aim of this paper is to re-examine career development opportunities for GS personnel.

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Counter-proposal of staff on mobility

We are pleased to share with you the counter-proposal of staff on the subject of mobility. It has been approved by every staff union in the UN system and also reflects the outcome of a townhall we organized on the subject in early April and the results of the survey held in January. However, further transitional measures will need to be worked out and will form an integral part of the staff position.

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Council members trained to represent you

Members of the UNOG Staff Coordination Council have the possibility to take part in training courses carried out by the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) in the UK. These training courses cover important topics, such as “negotiation & influencing skills” or “leadership skills”, specifically approaching them from a trade union perspective. These mainly two-day courses provide a basis for the discussed subject, reinforced through role plays and case studies. The participants are expected to apply and improve the acquired skills in practice.

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  1. First meeting of the Staff-Management Committee
  2. Encouraging flexible working arrangements
  3. Council publishes 2012-2013 work programme
  4. Impact of policy preventing temporary staff on vacant posts
  5. Letter to the Secretary-General on proposed changes in travel standards | Lettre aux Secrétaire-général sur la modification proposée des conditions de voyage
  6. Propositions de l'Equipe de changement de gestion
  7. Change management proposals
  8. ICTY Staff Union launches programme for vulnerable employees
  9. Council presents proposal for a crèche
  10. Positive developments with the education grant
  11. Salaries will not be cut
  12. Proposal to cut salaries
  13. Message du Conseil à la mémoire de Jay Wormus
  14. Staff party photos now online
  15. Photos from the children's party
  16. 2011 Staff party featuring Kassav
  17. Registration now open for Children's Christmas party
  18. Our meeting with the Secretary-General
  19. Staff talent show
  20. Change management at the UN
  21. Staff survey on the retirement age and related pension issues
  22. Update on UN budget cuts
  23. Lively discussions at staff townhall on mobility
  24. Strong turnout at staff townhall on pensions
  25. Council launches 2011-2010 work programme
  26. Council warns Secretary-General to respect consultation procedures on mobility and promotion
  27. Council condemns three percent cuts
  28. Collection for Japan
  29. Council elects new office holders
  30. 2010-2011 audited accounts of the Council now online
  31. Council makes referendum proposal to change mandate duration and election dates
  32. Council meets with UN HR Chief Catherine Pollard
  33. Registration open for the Inter-Agency Games
  34. A creche within 24 months
  35. UNCTAD staff reps and management promote flexible working arrangements
  36. Council publishes annual attendance record of its members
  37. Annual report sets out Council's key achievements in the last year
  38. General Assembly agrees continuing appointments as of 2011
  39. Photos of the staff party
  40. Council names representatives to the UN Special Editorial Board
  41. Documents