All posts by Mabel Harriman-Smith

Help build a better policy on whistleblower and victim protection


The Staff Union has created a survey for collecting information to better inform policies to protect staff from abuse and protect whistleblowers against retaliation.

Your voice matters! We are seeking your frank and open views on cases of discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment and abuse of authority, and misconduct, that you have been subject to, witnessed, or heard about. This includes questions regarding individuals who have blown the whistle on wrongdoing and if they suffered negative consequences or were retaliated against in any way.

The survey will take about 10 minutes of your time and is completely anonymous. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday June 9, 2017. Please share the survey with your coworkers and speak your mind!



Geneva EGA on proposed pay cuts

UNOG staff met today at the Palais des Nations for an Extraordinary General Assembly on the topic of the ICSC-proposed 7.5% pay cut to Geneva staff. Such a pay cut could potentially lead to similar cuts at other duty stations if passed. See here for the livestream from today’s EGA, thanks to the ILO Staff Union/Syndicat du Personnel de l’OIT for sharing.

Photo courtesy of Denis Balibouse/REUTERS

UN Pension Fund must recognize its newly elected board members

On 13 April, the election results for the UN Staff Pension Committee were announced. Almost 18 thousand voters took part.

Yet one month later, the Pension Fund still hasn’t recognized the results, despite a commitment to do so at the recent meeting of the Staff-Management Committee.

Why? It is not clear. However, what is clear is that the elected members are due to attend the meeting of the Pension Board in July (UN SPC members are also members of the Board), and on the agenda will be the issue of the extension of the current CEO, Sergio Arvizu. Over the past three years, several of those elected have questioned the actions of the current CEO, especially during the recent payments crisis. A recently published OIOS report sheds further light.

To this end, the newly elected representatives sent this letter to the UN Staff Pension Committee and its Secretary (who just happens to be the fund’s CEO).

Please sign this petition to show that UN staff believe the CEO should not be able to unilaterally decide who sits on the board that administers the Fund.

This content was originally posted on the CCISUA website and is shared here on behalf of the UN Staff Union of New York, part of the CCISUA federation.