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Increases in allowances for General Service staff | Augmentation des allocations pour les agents des services généraux

We are pleased to inform you that the International Civil Service Commission has approved significant increases in dependency allowances for General Service Staff based in Geneva.

The approval was based on a survey conducted by staff unions and organizations, of local employers and Swiss tax and social security practices.

The before and after figures are set out below and will enter into force as of 1 September 2016. 

Please note, however, that these new amounts will be reflected in your payslips only when the necessary arrangements have been completed for revision of the current salary scales, and their subsequent uploading in Umoja. Therefore, the actual payments may occur retroactively at a future date.

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Lunch time concert - Philippine Madrigal Singers | Concert à midi « Philippine Madrigal Singers »

As you may recall, staff at the UN in Geneva graciously contributed to the 2013 collection, organised under the auspices of the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council in favour of the victims of typhoon Haiyan and Bohol earthquake, which caused great damage in the Philippines.

Although three years have passed, this gesture of solidarity remains engraved in the memory of the Filipino community at the Palais des Nations, who - in recognition to the generosity of staff - would like to invite you to a lunch time concert presenting MADZ  (University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers) which is currently on a European tour. 

When: Thursday 1 September, 12.30 p.m. to 1.15 p.m.

Where: Serpent Bar, fist floor, E building

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Payment Delays Continue Amid Outsourcing of Investments | Retard de paiement et externalisation des investissements

The Board of our Pension Fund recently concluded its annual meeting in Vienna.

Ahead of this meeting, almost 15,000 of you signed a petition calling on the Board to:

 

  • refuse the new financial rules that pave the way to remove the fund from the UN and allow further outsourcing of investments;
  • protect the independence of fund staff by rescinding a new human resources policy that would remove oversight of promotions and use of retired staff;
  • pay new retirees on time.

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UNOG Volleyball Club is looking for players | Le Club de volleyball de l'ONUG à la recherche de joueurs

The United Nations Volleyball Club is looking for female and male players for its 2016-2017 season.  

The club participates regularly in the competitions organized by the Association Genevoise de Volleyball (AGVB) in the Relax category, normally with a mixed team and a male team. 

The club consists of staff members of the UN and other international organisations, interns, but also their relatives or other participants who share the ideals of the UN and the friendly spirit of the club. 

The club normally plays once a week, on Tuesday evening from 8.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m., at the Ecole Trembley gym, in the Servette area. More information is available on the club website: http://onuvolley.openprojects.it/

If you play volleyball and are interested in joining the club, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Outcome of townhall on GS career development | Résultats de la Réunion générale sur le développement de carrière pour les agents des services généraux

Thank you for participating in our townhall on General Service career development. At the meeting, we presented this powerpoint on the results of two surveys of GS staff, once conducted in Geneva, the other globally. This led to a rich and meaningful discussion that provided us with clear direction for going forward. A summary of our meeting follows:

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Opt out now from the internal justice tax | Quittez le régime de taxe pour la justice interne

Two years ago, staff were asked to contribute a new "justice tax" of 0.05 percent of your salary to help fund the Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA), a body which provides legal advice and representation to staff to contest administrative decisions against them. You are currently paying this through payroll deduction unless you opted out.

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  1. Agissez maintenant : De nouvelles propositions pavent la voie pour la sortie de la Caisse commune des pensions du personnel de l’ONU au moment où les investissements s'externalisent
  2. Staff position papers on retirement age and placement of Secretary-General's staff | Documents de position sur l’âge de la retraire et le placement du personnel travaillant pour le Secrétaire général
  3. Act now to protect our Pension Fund | Agissez maintenant pour sauver notre Caisse des pensions
  4. Townhall on General Service career development, Friday 8 July | Réunion du personnel sur le développement de carrière pour les services généraux, vendredi 8 juillet
  5. Photos from the garden party | Photos de la fête champêtre
  6. Annual staff garden party on Friday 1 July | Fête champêtre du personnel le vendredi 1 juillet
  7. How will the new office space impact your work and health? | Quel est l'impact du nouvel espace de bureau sur votre travail et santé?
  8. Agreements at the Staff-Management Committee that affect you, many positively | Accords du Comité Administration-Personnel qui vous touchent, dont plusieurs positivement
  9. Let's stop sexual exploitation and abuse by staff and peacekeepers | Mettons fin à l’exploitation et aux abus sexuels commis par des fonctionnaires ou des membres des opérations de maintien de la paix
  10. Tell us what you would like the Staff Council to do | Qu'aimeriez-vous que le Conseil de coordination fasse?
  11. Changes to General Service salaries | Changements de salaire pour les agents des services généraux
  12. Retirement age | Age de la retraite
  13. On current trends UN pension fund will take 14 months to clear payment backlog | Au rythme actuel, la Caisse des pensions a besoin de 14 mois pour éliminer le retard de paiement
  14. 2016-2017 Work Programme | Programme de travail
  15. Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - 11 May 2016
  16. Staff-Management Committee
  17. Flexible workplace strategies in the SHP | Stratégies de gestion souple de l’espace de travail dans le PSP
  18. Current situation at UNRISD | Situation actuelle à l'UNRISD
  19. Our statement on proposed open office workspace at recent SHP townhall | Intervention lors de la réunion d'information récente sur l'espace de bureau ouvert proposé
  20. Our statement on proposed open office workspace at last week's SHP townhall
  21. Sign this petition to resolve problems at our pension fund | Signez cette pétition pour régler les problèmes à la Caisse des pensions
  22. Long service medal awards ceremony | Cérémonie de remise de médailles pour service prolongé
  23. Inter-Agency Games 2016
  24. Petition to replace the CEO of the UN Pension Fund
  25. How to access mediation to solve conflict in your work unit | La médiation pour résoudre les conflits sur le lieu du travail
  26. Survey on reforming parental leave for a modern workplace
  27. Staff unions propose actions to resolve pension fund crisis | Les syndicats du personnel proposent des actions pour résoudre la crise du fonds de pension
  28. Survey on an implementation date for retirement at 65 | Enquête sur le départ à la retraite à 65
  29. Call for Applications - UN Special Deputy Editor | Appel à candidature - Editeur en chef adjoint du UN Special
  30. New Editor-in-Chief of UN Special | Un nouvel éditeur en chef à la tête de UN special
  31. Call to join the UN Football Club | Appel à rejoindre le Club de football de l'ONU
  32. Important changes to our pay and retirement age | Modifications importantes à nos salaires et à l'age de la retraite
  33. Guess how the SG reacted? - Campaign against pay cuts | Quelle était la réaction du Secrétaire-général? - campagne contre les coupures de salaire
  34. Significant delays in paying out UN pensions | Retards considérables dans le versement de la pension de retraite
  35. Staff unions hand letter to Secretary-General
  36. Public Services International calls on SG Ban Ki-moon to oppose pay cuts for UN frontline staff
  37. Developments on office space in the Palais | Informations mises à jour sur l'espace de travail au Palais
  38. Stage de percussions au Palais | Percussion classes at the Palais
  39. Petition against 10% pay cuts | Pétition contre des coupures de salaire de 10%
  40. Submission on SHP to ACABQ
  41. Update on the restructuring at OHCHR
  42. Resumption of yoga classes | Reprise des cours de yoga
  43. Outcome of the compensation review of the professional category | Résultats de l’examen des conditions de rémunération de la catégorie professionnelle
  44. Staff union statement: UN should pay its interns
  45. ICSC decides staff can choose to retire at 65 with implementation during 2016
  46. Update on the retirement age and link to campaign | Dernières nouvelles sur l'age de la retraite et lien vers la campagne
  47. Photos from the garden party | Photos de la fête en plein air
  48. Palais garden party on Friday 26 June | Fête en plein air au Palais le vendredi 26 juin
  49. UN Theatre Club: Musée haut, musée bas
  50. Tell us what kind of office you need after the renovations | De quel type de bureaux auriez-vous besoin après les rénovations?
  51. Breastfeeding room now renovated | Rénovation de la salle d'allaitement
  52. Calligraphy Exhibition “Tell us Jubran”, 2-11 June 2015, Building E, Door 40, 2nd floor | Exposition Calligraphie « Dis-nous Joubran », 2-11 Juin 2015, Bâtiment E, Porte 40, 2eme étage
  53. 5th meeting of the 33rd Staff Council
  54. Photos from the Children's party | Photos de la fête des enfants
  55. Latest on the retirement age
  56. Collection for the victims of the Nepal earthquake | Collecte pour les victimes du séisme au Népal
  57. Situation on the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  58. Vote to remove benefits for same-sex partners of staff defeated | Rejet de la proposition sur la suppression des bénéfices octroyés aux partenaires du même sexe
  59. Three-day strike at FAO and letter of support
  60. News on SAFI: Gluten/lactose-free products and 15% discount on 26 March | Nouveau au SAFI : Produits sans gluten et sans lactose et Rabais de 15% le 26 mars
  61. Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - Wednesday 29 April
  62. Tell us what you think about changes to your salary, education grant, and other benefits | Votre avis sur les changements dans la rémunération, les indemnités pour frais d'études et autres indemnités
  63. Change of pay day | Changement de la date de paie
  64. New Swiss nationality law
  65. Le Temps: Le franc fort est aussi un coup dur pour les internationaux
  66. Remembering our fallen colleagues
  67. General Assembly that will affect you, including on retirement
  68. Urge the United Nations not to vote against same-sex marriage
  69. Staff position on UN holidays
  70. Staff Council promotes staff interests in New York
  71. Statement at General Assembly on retirement age, salaries
  72. Update on problems at the UN pension fund
  73. Head of WIPO staff association fired in retaliation for whistleblowing
  74. Security Council supports our campaign for staff safety
  75. On World Humanitarian Day, UN staff ask that those who kill their colleagues be brought to justice
  76. Potential changes to your pay, benefits and choice of retirement age
  77. Staff unions highlight management problems at UN pension fund
  78. Union protests lack of whistleblower protection at UN as court rules on case of whistleblower James Wasserstrom
  79. Survey results | Résultats de l'enquête (FWA - Office space)
  80. The situation at UNDP
  81. Regularization of French taxes
  82. Protect our pension fund from the wolves of Wall Street
  83. In memoriam: Yannick Gagneret
  84. Call for Candidates: Central Review Panel
  85. New resolution on mobility
  86. Work programme of the Council
  87. Worrying developments at the pension fund
  88. Media and other coverage during the campaign to restore negotiation rights
  89. Call for candidates - Arbitration Commission
  90. Children's Easter party | Fête de Pâques pour les enfants - Wednesday 16 April
  91. How to opt out of the new internal tax on justice
  92. Results of the 2014 elections to the Coordinating Council
  93. Articles in Le Temps
  94. Elections of the Staff Coordinating Council 2014
  95. G-1 to G-4 selection
  96. Current situation in GPAFI
  97. Invitation to the Inter-agency games 2014
  98. Inter-Agency games 2014
  99. Collection for the Philippines | Collecte pour les Philippines
  100. Remarks from Staff Council at UNOG memorial ceremony for staff killed in Kabul, Geneva, 20 January, 11 a.m.