Global Day of Action: Live updates

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As the Global Day of Action kicks off, UN staff around the world organize meetings, rallies and other actions, as part of a global staff union campaign in protest at continued deterioration in conditions of service. This deterioration includes pay cuts for staff with working spouses and children, cuts in assistance for children with special needs, unrealistic classification of hardship posts, the removal of accelerated home leave for difficult and dangerous duty stations, erosion of pay in high inflation duty stations in the field, and pay cuts of 25 percent in Tokyo, 13,4 percent in Bangkok, 6 percent in New York and 5 percent in Geneva.

 

The focus of the Global Day of Action is the manner in which the International Civil Service Commission has determined pay and conditions despite adverse tribunal judgments, the discovery of errors in calculation and distortions of methodology, with no avenue for correcting its mistakes. Staff unions have called for the right to be able to directly negotiate their pay and conditions, as required in many national laws.

 

We will keep updating this post with more pictures and information from colleagues joining our global campaign from different duty stations around the world.

Friday, 23 March

UNOG staff in Geneva go on a second strike

 
 

ILO staff in Geneva go on strike

 

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Thursday, 22 March

ILO staff in Geneva go on strike

 

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Wednesday, 21 March

UN staff in Bangkok vote by 707 votes to 39 to hold work stoppage


(Click on the pictures to see the two videos)

 
 

Monday, 19 March

UN staff demonstrate in New York in solidarity with UN common system staff around the world

©UN Photo/Loey Felipe

(Click on one of the pictures to see the video)

 
 

Friday, 16 March

 

UN staff in Geneva vote by 1,040 votes to 120 to go on strike

 

 
 

Tuesday, 27 February

 

Erbil, Iraq | UNHCR staff send a message to ICSC

 

 
 

Islamabad, Pakistan | Representative of UNODC in Pakistan and heads of UN Habitat, UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, UNIDO, WFP, UNAMA, IOM, UNIC, UNAIDS, UNDSS, OCHA and UNRCO, stand together to send a vote of no confidence in ICSC

 

 
 

Monrovia, Liberia | UNHCR Staff Association calls for reform of the ICSC

 

 
 

Beirut, Lebanon | ESCWA staff join their voice, “One Voice, One Staff, One UN…”

 

 
 

Kampala, Uganda | UNHCR staff have no confidence in ICSC

 

 
 

Bangkok, Thailand | UNICEF staff campaign for equal pay

 

 
 

Niamey, Niger | ECA staff say NO to pay cuts

 

 
 

Darfur, Sudan | UNAMID staff send a message to ICSC

 

 
 

Moscow, Russia | ILO staff have no confidence in ICSC

 

 
 

Nonthaburi, Thailand | WHO staff stand against pay cuts

 

 
 

Santiago, Chile | ILO  staff send their vote of no confidence in ICSC

 

 
 

Bangkok, Thailand | UN Women say NO to pay cuts

 

 
 

Mexico | ILO staff send their support from Mexico

 

 
 

New York, USA | Colleagues from CCISUA and UNISERV, along with statisticians, join the staff union in NY HQ

 

 
 

Baghdad, Iraq | UNAMI staff send their message from Iraq

 

 
 

Buenos Aires, Argentina | ILO staff in Buenos Aires call for reform of the ICSC

 

 
 

Dakar, Senegal | ILO staff join the global campaign

 

 
 

New York and Washington DC, USA | ILO staff send their support

 

 
 

South Sudan | UNMISS staff campaign from the field

 

 
 

Brindisi, Italy | UNGSC staff campaign for reform

 

 
 

Vienna, Austria | Staff Union at Vienna starts its campaign

 

 
 

Geneva, Switzerland | Staff join the protest at a townhall meeting followed by a demonstration

 

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Athens, Greece | UNHCR Staff Association joins its voice

 

 
 

Kuwait | KJSO staff send a message

 

 
 

Entebbe, Uganda | RSCE joins the protest

 

 
 

Geneva, Switzerland | CERN staff association sends letter of support

 

 
 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | ECA staff do a one hour work stoppage

 

 
 

Bangkok, Thailand | ESCAP staff protest

 

(Click on one of the pictures to see a video of the campaign)

 
 

Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam | ILO Staff Union in Vietnam briefs all members on “No Confidence in ICSC” campaign

 

 
 

Geneva, Switzerland | UNOG staff do a work stoppage

 

 
 

Messages from staff in severe field locations

 


Media coverage

 

Staff Unions threaten UN-wide work stoppages over pay cuts | IDN

International Civil Servants slam ICSC, prepare for global action | Public Services International

Un staff `day of action` over work conditions | Italian Insider

UN staff strike, briefly disrupt high level Geneva meets | AFP

UN Geneva staff take part in work stoppage | Swissinfo.ch

UN employees strike over pay cuts  | AFP

UN Geneva staff plan work stoppage over pay cuts | AFP

Le personnel de l’ONU veut une réforme du système | TDG

Le spectre d’un conflit social dur plane sur l’ONU | TDG

Bref arrêt de travail pour les employés de l’ONU | TDG

Un appel à la grève pourrait perturber le travail de l’ONU mardi à Genève | RTS