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ICSC recommends retirement at 65

We are pleased to inform you that the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), which sets our terms and conditions, has recommended that as of 1 January 2016 you will be able to choose whether to retire at 60/62 of whether to stay on until 65. 

This recommendation will need to be approved by the General Assembly when it meets at the end of this year.

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Secretary-General removes right of staff to be effectively represented

We are shocked and disappointed by Friday's announcement of the Secretary-General's unilateral decision to implement a new Bulletin on Staff Management Committee (ST/SGB/2011/6/Rev.1).

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Informing member states of the staff-management relations crisis

Following our staff townhalls, we are pleased to share with you a letter sent to the President of the General Assembly and chairs of regional groups from the staff unions of the United Nations system. This letter explains why we the staff believe in the importance of robust and constructive staff-management relations and calls on member States to act accordingly in the interest of the Organization.

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Thank you for coming to the townhall on the UN staff-management relations crisis

Over 300 of you came yesterday: a strong turnout and a sign of unity. This staff council, along with the other councils of the United Nations system, will act on a number of fronts to bring Management back to the negotiating table and protect our fundamental right to negotiate, especially in this time of rapid change. We we very encouraged by your unanimous vote of support and interventions. Allow us also to address some of the points raised:

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Letter to the Secretary-General on the crisis in staff-management relations

Please find attached a letter to the Secretary-General from all staff unions of the United Nations system detailing the events as they happened, expressing our concern at the current situation with agenda items such as mobility, downsizing guidelines, human rights screening and administration of justice in limbo, and seeking his intervention to re-establish constructive staff-management dialogue.

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Management terminates negotiations with staff unions; mobility, downsizing rules unresolved

It is with great disappointment that we inform you that the annual negotiations between the UN’s staff unions and global management, held this year in Mexico City, were terminated early by management Friday evening as unions vigorously defended you from attempts to remove negotiating rights.

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