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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