Take action – sign the letter Ban Ki-Moon In an astonishing act of hypocrisy and just days before the terrorist attack on the UN facility in Mogadishu in June, United Nations staff represented by CCISUA (the federation representing staff associations a …
In an astonishing act of hypocrisy and just days before the terrorist attack on the UN facility in Mogadishu in June, United Nations staff represented by CCISUA (the federation representing staff associations and unions organised in the United Nations and who are affiliated to the GFTU in the UK) had their union rights unilaterally withdrawn by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Unions across the world were shocked by the move. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady wrote directly to the UN Secretary General in New York, and to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague asking him to stand up for union rights for UN staff.
Frances O’Grady’s letter received the following appalling response from the UN.
In the last decade, 220 staff have been killed in attacks, on top of 102 who died in the Haiti earthquake three years ago.
Ahead of a 10th anniversary commemoration of the Baghdad bombing in which 22 UN staff died, Ian Richards, President of the UN staff union in Geneva, wrote:
“We believe that union rights save UN lives. In order to help ensure the safety of colleagues who serve in the field, a credible negotiating framework between representatives of staff and management is essential. Without the ability to challenge decisions that may prove to be harmful to them, or even to speak up for themselves, our colleagues are helpless.”
You can take action to protest at this disgraceful decision, and demand that UN staff should have their collective bargaining rights restored, by backing an International Trade Union Confederation e-action and demanding that the United Nations honour’s ILO Conventions.
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