UNpaid Is Unfair Intern protest on Wednesday | Manifestation des stagiaires ce mercredi

A number of intern organizations from different UN organizations in Geneva, have called for the participation of interns, staff and consultants to the protest “UNpaid is UNfair” on Wednesday 20 February 2019. The mobilization is intended to draw attention to the matter of unpaid internships in the UN system and the discriminatory effect they have on people who cannot take this opportunity as they cannot afford to work for free. It is also meant to raise awareness on a number of decent work and fundamental rights deficits that interns face, including inadequate access to legal complaint mechanisms and the lack sick and annual leave.

The Geneva event will start at the broken chair with a collective gathering of all supporters to the cause for a group photo at 1 p.m. Similar protests are scheduled to be organized in other duty stations, such as Bangkok, Copenhagen, Brussels and New York.

The Staff Council expresses solidarity with interns' concerns, as they are consistent with UN values and principles, such as respect of diversity, promotion of equality and equal opportunities. This underlines the need to defend the rights of all workers.

Subject to the exigencies of service, we therefore ask supervisors to allow both staff members and interns to participate in the event this Wednesday 20 February.

We also recall that, regarding standards of conduct, interns are held to the same high standards of conduct that are applicable to United Nations staff members. They should therefore refrain from conduct that is violent or political in nature.


Cricket included in the Inter-Agency Games | Le cricket fait partie des Jeux inter-institutions

Further to our broadcast last week on the Inter-Agency Games, we are pleased to inform you that the game of Cricket will be included as a sport in this year’s Inter-Agency Games.

We would like to thank UNESCO IAG Committee for making arrangements to allow Cricket to be included in this year’s Games. We have been informed the grounds will be synthetic.

For more information, please contact the Sports Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Let dancing contribute to your physical and mental wellbeing | Puisse la danse contribuer à votre bien-être physique et mental

With the UN Dance Club we would like to propose to UN and other international organization staff in Geneva the following courses:

Oriental Dancewith El Ramah:

·         Wednesdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., room A-813.

Salsa (Cuban) with Antoine Caute:

·         Beginners: Tuesdays at 12 p.m.

·         Intermediate: Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Room E-166 (within the printing shop, basement of E Building)

Zumba Fitness with Jacky Ortiz:

·         Stretching: Mondays at 1 p.m., room C-18

·         Zumba: Tuesdays at 8:10 a.m., room A-813

·         Body Sculpture: Thursdays at 8:10 a.m., Room A-813

·         Zumba (with Adan Prieto): Thursdays from 1:10 p.m. to 2 p.m., room A-813

Price for 10 classes: CHF 150 (or CHF 20 per individual class). Special packages for the Zumba Fitness programme. Please check with instructors in class.

The Club also organises ad-hoc activities such as workshops, master classes and evenings out.

To register and for any additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Inter-Agency Games 2019 | Jeux Inter-institutions 2019

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement below from the United Nations Staff Sports Commission in Geneva (CSPNU).

As is traditional, the Staff Council will subsidize the participation of itsdues-paying members.

All staff attending are granted three days of special leave with full pay.

Good luck to all and bring us back some medals,

Best regards,

Prisca Chaoui, Executive Secretary

Benito Jimeno, Vice-President CSPNU | C-527 | tel. 73614

Support your union! Become a dues-paying member today


The CSPNU invites you to the 46th Inter-Agency Games 2019 (IAG 2019) which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 30 April to 4 May 2019, organized by UNESCO.

The official website, including full information and rules, is at

The cost per person for participating in the IAG is as follows:

EUR 535.00            per adult in twin

EUR 665.00            per adult in single

EUR 350.00            per child of less than 12 (adult package otherwise)


Our actions to maximise our chances of reversing the pay cut | Nos actions pour maximiser nos chances de succès contre les coupes

We would like to update you on our actions with regards to the legal appeals against last year’s 5.2 percent pay cut.

For memory you will recall that this cut was decided by the International Civil Service Commission. Despite strong evidence of errors of process and calculation, as well as two strikes, two work stoppages and multiple demonstrations, all organizations applied the cut after coming under extraordinary pressure from a coordinated campaign by certain member states.

Faced with this situation, a staff townhall was held on 12 April 2018 where it was decided that the most effective way to reverse the cut was to challenge it legally and make use of the large amount of evidence we have at hand against the cut. In doing so there was a recognition by all that we would have to arm ourselves with patience given the pace of the legal process. 

Key to this process has been to ensure that large numbers of appeals are received from staff. Eight hundred of you submitted appeals and these cases are being heard at the UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) with legal representation provided by the Office of Staff Legal Assistance. (A separate top administrative lawyer, paid for by the Staff Council is also representing a certain number of staff in the hope of covering all bases.) Similar numbers submitted appeals in the specialized agencies. Those appeals will eventually go to the ILO Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT), which unlike UNDT, hears appeals by staff of the specialized agencies. 

The UNDT already held preliminary hearings in October and we were pleased with the amount of detail that was covered and brought to light. A recording of those hearings is here. If we win at the UNDT, it is likely, given past practice, that the Secretary-General will appeal to the UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) (which is what happened last year when the UNDT found that certain cuts to benefits were illegal). Knowing the distinct approaches and jurisprudence of the UNAT and ILOAT, we believe it is important that when the UNAT comes to hearing the case, it should do so with the benefit of having a judgement from the ILOAT at hand. 

To this end we have been working closely with the staff unions of the specialized agencies, coordinating actions, and sharing knowledge and legal arguments, in order to do our best to help your chances of ultimate victory. 

And as separately mentioned we are also working with globally-renowned statisticians to fix the ICSC methodology that led to the cut. 

Once again, this will not be fast. But we will continue to keep you updated.


Letter to the Secretary-General on management not consulting with staff unions | Lettre adressée au Secrétaire général sur l’absence de consultation des syndicats du personnel

As we noted during the global townhall last month, staff unions are concerned at how Management (in particular the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance) has tried to circumvent consultations with staff. This impacts you with regards to jobs, promotion prospects, restructuring processes, travel standards, working hours and overtime calculations, and fighting harassment including sexual harassment.

Please find here a letter sent to the Secretary-General by the staff unions of the UN on this subject, requesting him to intervene to return his management team to the table.


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