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Our townhall on the pay cut judgement + our campaign for equal pay in Geneva | Réunion générale sur le jugement relatif aux coupes salariales et campagne pour l'égalité salariale à Genève

Thank you for attending our townhall last week in such numbers, and it was a pleasure to see staff from sister agencies, funds and programmes.

As we noted, the ILO tribunal last week declared the 5.2 percent Geneva pay cut imposed on staff of P and higher categories to be illegal. It noted, according to our analysis, that the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) had committed errors of calculation and procedure and that organizations in Geneva were therefore wrong in implementing the proposed cut.

While the judgement applies only to specialized agencies, whose staff will now have their original pay restored, you made it clear that regardless of the progress of the case through our own dispute tribunal, it would be unacceptable to have two rates of pay in the same duty station.

For this reason you gave us a mandate to campaign for a single pay scale on the basis of equal pay for equal work, and asked us to consider all actions necessary to achieve this goal, including work stoppages. For further industrial action, our earlier mandate, which relates to fighting the pay cut, remains valid.

We have already sent a letter to the Chair of the ICSC which was followed by a letter of support from the ILO Staff Union. We will write to the Secretary-General requesting equal pay for all Geneva. We are also requesting legal analysis on additional implications of the judgement, including for staff who joined after the pay cut was implemented.

We will shortly circulate an online petition calling for equal pay and we will update you on further actions planned for this summer.

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Grow fruit and vegetables in the Palais with the Gardening Club | Cultiver des fruits et légumes au Palais avec le Club jardin

We are pleased to announce the creation of the UNOG Gardening Club.

It all takes place around the plot of land we have been given access to, away from the office buildings – giving your mind a break without even leaving the Palais grounds.

We welcome both seasoned gardeners and enthusiastic amateurs and will initially limit the membership to 40. The plot will be managed on a democratic basis, and the organization flexible but efficient, so that everyone can find something to suit them.

The Club has come about as a result of the Languages Service’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 12, on sustainable consumption and production - which has also seen the creation of an EcoCorner (room E-4093-1), with recycled office supplies and reusable plates, glasses and cutlery for section events.

Gardening without chemical pesticides and fertilisers and eating locally grown seasonal produce is environmentally friendly, but it’s more than that too: it’s getting to know other people, trying out new fruits and vegetables, and learning from other gardeners, whether amateurs or professionals; it’s the opportunity to discover a whole new world. It’s also a chance to get out of the office, meet new colleagues in a relaxed environment, add to the beauty of the park and simply do something fun for yourself.

The statutes (in French) can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact: Blandine Legardeur ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) 75235 or Maria Rosa Pla Huberti ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) 75202.

We look forward to setting off together on this new adventure!

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Townhall this Thursday on ILOAT judgement on Geneva pay cut | Réunion générale jeudi sur le jugement du TAOIT sur les coupes salariales

This Wednesday the ILO Administrative Tribunal will deliver its judgement on the Geneva pay cut. This judgement will directly apply to staff of the specialized agencies. However, even though our cases are currently being considered at the UN Dispute Tribunal, following hearings last October, we believe this judgement could influence the overall outcome.

To this end, we will be communicating the judgement and holding a townhall to hear your views and discuss our next steps. The townhall will take place on Thursday 4 July at 1.30 p.m. in Room 22.

For more information about the legal process, please see our earlier broadcast on the subject.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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Afro-Cuban and « Salsa con Afro » Summer dance lessons on 9 July | Cours d'été de danse Afro-Cubaine et « Salsa con Afro » le 9 juillet

 

The UN Dance Club is please to bring you two Afro-Cuban dance & "Salsa con Afro" lessons on 9 July, taught by our experienced instructor Alexandre.

Alexander studied salsa, bachata, son, rumba & afro-Cuban classes in France and Havana and has been teaching for seven years in Paris, Dijon & Lyon. He also participates in international shows, including as part of Afro-Cuban dancing companies.

The two lessons are as follows:

12 to 12.50 p.m.: introduction to Afro-Cuban dance (open level)

1 to 1.50 p.m.: Salsa con Afro (intermediate level)

Price: CHF 20 per lesson but CHF 35 for both. Payment cash 10 minutes before the class.

We recommend doing both unless you have taken afro classes & that you have an intermediate level in salsa. As we have limited places, please book your place here: https://forms.gle/yJcxtTK7PMqQTjX46 

There will also be three slots available for private lessons of salsa, bachata or afro with Alexandre, tailored to your level.  If you are interested please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +33-606-87-00-86 for details on the times available and the price.

The locations will be confirmed after registration.

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Please read this before you answer the ICSC global staff survey designed to affect your pay, benefits and allowances!

The staff federations have received numerous requests from staff seeking guidance relative to the ICSC global staff survey on the UN compensation package.  If you have not already received the survey you will via an email from your respective organization inviting you to participate therein.

In respect of implementation of the new compensation package, the UN General Assembly in its Resolution A/RES/70/244 invited the Commission to report back to the GA’s 71st session with a progress report on the implementation as well as related findings of a global staff survey on conditions of service.  As with a similar survey in 2013, it would be the intention to use the survey results to guide the ICSC and GA in making adjustments to your salary and benefits.

Your answers will therefore impact your overall pay.

The staff federations had requested the ICSC Secretariat representatives responsible for this survey to provide the questions prior to the survey’s publication, for consultation purposes. Regrettably, the ICSC Secretariat did not accept the federations’ request, and the organizations are proceeding with the publication of the survey.

Having received concerns from staff about some of the questions, their phrasing and how the answers may be used given experience with the survey in 2013, the staff federations have jointly prepared the below guidance. Based on these staff concerns as well as experiences with how the ICSC has functioned in the past, you may find the below analysis of certain sensitive questions in the survey to be useful as you fill it in. The federations have informed the ICSC that they will be broadcasting this analysis.

Since its implementation in 2016 many of you have conveyed to us your concerns with the new compensation package. Now is your opportunity to submit those concerns directly to the ICSC on an anonymous basis.

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Guidance on the 2019 ICSC global staff survey

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UN Music Club at the fête de la musique | Le Club de musique de l’ONU à la fête de la musique

The chamber choir (four singers and a pianist) of the UN Music Club will take part in the fête de la musique performing in Auditoire Calvin (Place de la Taconnerie in Geneva) this Saturday 22 June at 8 p.m.

They shall sing one quartet, one trio, some duets and solos, accompanied by the piano and in five different languages.

You are most welcome to join us!

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Le quatuor vocal du Club de musique des Nations Unies (quatre chanteurs et un pianiste) vous propose un concert dans le cadre de la fête de la musique à l'auditoire Calvin (Place de la Taconnerie à Genève), le samedi 22 juin à 20 heures.

Ils chanteront des pièces à quatre, trois et deux voix ainsi que des solos, avec piano et en cinq langues différentes.

Vous êtes cordialement invités !

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