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Revised ICSC Salary Survey Methodologies
The revised ICSC salary survey methodologies for GS and locally recruited categories are now available. The effective date has been fixed for 1 January 2011. In the meantime FICSA will organize training on salary surveys to prepare LSSCs, highlighting the new features of both methodologies.
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20 January 2017 - FICSA/CCISUA demonstration, Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Are you ready to give up your right to express your views, your right to free speech and your freedom of association? Are you ready to go to work every day feeling oppressed and afraid? Are you ready to work in an organization under totalitarian rule by its executive head, wondering every day whether you will be placed under investigation or given an unsatisfactory performance evaluation as a pretext for firing you?
If not, then join members of the staff federations of FICSA and CCISUA at the staff demonstration that will be held on Wednesday, 25 January from 12:15 to 12:45 at the Place des Nations.
Why? Because as these rights are in the process of being taken away from WIPO staff by their DG, and as this same DG is in the process of replacing the duly-elected WIPO Staff Council by his own staff council, executive heads of other international organisations could well be waiting to see how staff will react before trying to do the same in their -your- organisation.
You will recall that:
1. Approximately two years ago the WIPO DG fired the President of the WIPO Staff Council.
2. On the same day the WIPO DG convoked the remaining members of the WIPO Staff Council to say that he had just fired their President and that he hoped the remaining Council members would now work with him. A threat?
3. As the remaining Council members refused to be bullied, threatened and intimidated, the WIPO DG is now organizing elections of his own staff council to replace the duly-elected WIPO Staff Council.
Furthermore, it has been reported that too often staff who speak up at WIPO are either given unsatisfactory performance evaluations or placed under investigation. The increasing level of fear which reigns over staff at WIPO has become intolerable.
How does this affect me? If staff of all UN common system organisations demonstrate their solidarity at this and future events, the leaders of your respective organisations will get the message that their own staff will not tolerate such abuses, an advance message to discourage any potential intentions of copying the behaviour of the WIPO DG.
All that is required to put a stop to such abuses at WIPO and prevent such behaviour in your own organisations is to give up thirty minutes of your lunch break on Wednesday, 25 January, and show up at the Place des Nations at 12:15 sharp.
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19 January - Statement by the Federation of International Civil Servant's Association (FICSA) in the UN Secretary-General's town hall meeting held at UNOG wednesday 18 Janauray 2017
During the Town Hall Meeting with the Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, FICSA delivered the following statement: FICSA/CIRC/1255
22 December 2016 - The UNGA takes strong action to improve the functioning of the UNJSPF
The UN General Assembly takes strong action to improve the functioning of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
Following the interventions of the staff federations and their extensive meetings with Member States, we are pleased to report that the General Assembly is taking formal action to address the problems within the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund.
In its draft resolution, to be formally adopted this week, the UN General Assembly (UNGA):
- Recognizes that the Financial Regulations and Rules of the UN continue to be the highest framework which govern the provision of administrative services. We understand this to mean that the UNGA rejects the Pension Fund’s new financial rules as proposed by the Fund’s secretariat and Board. Some had argued that the Fund’s proposed financial rules would pave the way for the removal of the Fund from the UN, allow the Fund to choose an alternative auditor to OIOS and circumvent UN rules on procurement
- Emphasizes that the UN’s Office of IOS is the sole internal oversight body of the Fund’s secretariat (the side of the Fund which manages the payment of benefits) and of the Fund’s Investment Management Division (the other side of the Fund which is exclusively responsible for the investment of the Fund’s assets).
- Criticizes in the strongest terms the unacceptably late payments to new beneficiaries and new retirees. We had highlighted the extreme hardship of those persons who had been forced to wait six to eight months to receive their first payment from the Pension Fund secretariat.
- Decides to approve the establishment of nine additional temporary positions, all of which are in the area of benefits (benefits officers and benefits assistants) to help address the backlog in the payment of benefits. As the draft resolution makes no reference to the request emanating from the Fund’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to create two P-5 posts, one for communications and one for office administration, it would appear that the CEO’s request has been rejected. We had argued that these two posts would be a waste of your money.
- Expresses concern over the Fund’s near-term underperformance in regard to the annual real rate of return on the investment of the Fund’s assets and criticizes the number of vacant posts in the Investment Management Division of the Fund. We had argued that keeping key posts vacant would no doubt contribute to financial underperformance.
- Requests the UN Secretary-General to provide it with a performance evaluation of the person in charge of the Fund’s Investment Management Division (known as the Representative of the Secretary-General). We had argued that this was timely.
- Requests the UN Secretary-General to entrust the UN’s Office of IOS with conducting a full audit of the Fund’s internal policies and processes. We had argued that there was much to be clarified in the fund’s operations.
- Calls on the Pension Board to ensure that the Fund avoids the use of consultants in its operations.
The UNGA also took account of a formal intervention made by the staff federations at it meeting in October of this year.
On behalf of all the Fund’s participants and retirees, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the FICSA membership for the continued support throughout this entire exercise to improve the functioning of your Pension Fund.
We will continue to keep you updated on developments.
6 December 2016 – UN announcement on MAS implementation date
Change in the mandatory age of separation - Update
When will it come into effect?
The GA decided in its resolution 70/244 dated 23 December 2015 that the mandatory age of separation for staff recruited before 1 January 2014 should be raised by the Organization of the United Nations common system to 65 years of age at the latest by 1 January 2018, taking into account the acquired rights of staff.
The United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules are applicable not only to the UN Secretariat but also to the UN funds and programmes. Therefore, any change to the mandatory age of separation for the UN Secretariat would be applicable to the funds and programmes. Therefore it was important for the Secretariat to take into account the impact of any change on the operations of the funds and programmes.
Following the GA’s decision, giving due consideration to the operational realities faced by the Organization including the budgets approved by the GA for the period 2016-2017, and bearing in mind the need to harmonize with the funds and programmes, the SG decided that the new mandatory age of separation to 65 will be implemented for all staff effective 1 January 2018.
The required amendment to the staff regulation 9.2 on the mandatory age of separation will accordingly be submitted to the General Assembly at its 72nd session in the fall of 2017 for its consideration and approval.
How will it work?
The mandatory age of separation for all serving staff as of 1 January 2018 will be age 65. In order to preserve the acquired rights of staff members, staff members who, as of 31 December 2017, are eligible to separate upon reaching the mandatory age of separation of 60 or 62, as applicable, may still do so through a simple written request indicating that they wish to exercise this right. Availing of the earlier age of separation of 60 or 62 for these staff after 1 January 2018 will not be considered as early retirement and they will be entitled to full pension without the penalties associated with early retirement.
Once the amended staff regulation 9.2 is approved by the GA, details on the administrative process as to how to submit such a written request will be prepared and communicated to staff through the appropriate administrative issuance or information circular.
Why is this rule not being implemented earlier?
As noted above, in deciding on the effective date of implementation, the SG took into account the budgets approved for the Secretariat for the period 2016-2017 as well as the operational needs of the organization and those of the Funds and Programmes. In terms of the budget, austerity measures resulted in the GA abolishing a number of the posts expected to become vacant during the course of the 2016 – 2017 biennium due to the retirement of the incumbents. Thus the earliest the new mandatory age of separation of 65 can be taken into account in the budgets of the Organization is in the context of the preparation of the budget proposals for 2018–2019. Hence from a budgetary perspective it is not feasible for the UN to increase the mandatory age of separation to 65 prior to 1 January 2018.
Can I be retained beyond the mandatory age of separation at 65?
The current policy governing the retention in service beyond the mandatory age of separation which is captured in the administrative instruction ST/AI/2003/8remains unchanged. In accordance with the policy, retention in service beyond the mandatory age of separation is made only in exceptional circumstances by the SG where it is in the interest of the Organization.
- 3 November 2016 - Election of the IAEA Staff Council President
- 1 November 2016 - 70th FICSA Council (Venue + Date)
- 17 October 2016 - Whistle-blowing
- 20 September 2016 - FICSA Workshop General Service salary survey methodology I (headquarter and similar duty stations) (PAHO Washington DC, 12 to 16 September 2016)
- 20 September 2016 - New member with observer status – FUNSA Denmark