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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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First meeting of the Staff-Management Committee

SMC VI takes place in New York, from 24 April to 3 May 2017. Working papers from staff unions can be downloaded below.

SMC VI working papers

Attached documents
Download this file (Official documents.zip)Official documents.zip

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  14. Photos from the children's party
  15. 2011 Staff party featuring Kassav
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  17. Our meeting with the Secretary-General
  18. Staff talent show
  19. Change management at the UN
  20. Staff survey on the retirement age and related pension issues
  21. Update on UN budget cuts
  22. Lively discussions at staff townhall on mobility
  23. Strong turnout at staff townhall on pensions
  24. Council launches 2011-2010 work programme
  25. Council warns Secretary-General to respect consultation procedures on mobility and promotion
  26. Council condemns three percent cuts
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  28. Council elects new office holders
  29. 2010-2011 audited accounts of the Council now online
  30. Council makes referendum proposal to change mandate duration and election dates
  31. Council meets with UN HR Chief Catherine Pollard
  32. Registration open for the Inter-Agency Games
  33. A creche within 24 months
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  36. Annual report sets out Council's key achievements in the last year
  37. General Assembly agrees continuing appointments as of 2011
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  40. Documents