Budget cut implications

As you may know, the Secretary-General has requested heads of department to submit budget proposals for the period of 2014-2015 with average reductions of 5 percent in administrative support services. Mindful of the impact this might have on staff and their employment and given the Council's right to be consulted and its duty to resolve such issues with management, it contacted and where necessary met with the heads of administration of OHCHR, UNCTAD, UNECE and UNOG. The outcomes of these interactions are summarized below:


General Assembly resolutions affecting you

As you may know, the fall session of the 67th General Assembly came to a close on 24 December 2012 and we wish to share with you the key outcomes: 


  • The post adjustment freeze in New York, dating back to August 2012, will be lifted as of February 2013. Importantly, this means that post adjustment will once again reflect cost-of-living and not political imperatives; 
  • The proposal by the UN Joint Staff Pension Board for the normal retirement age to be increased to 65 for staff joining from 1 January 2014 onwards has been endorsed. The estimated impact of applying a similar option for staff already in service will be considered during 2013; and 
    Attached documents
    Download this file (CCISUA FICSA GA.pdf)CCISUA FICSA GA.pdf


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.


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.


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.


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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  26. Strong turnout at staff townhall on pensions
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