13 - 17 February 201770th FICSA Council
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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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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
The FICSA Executive Committee would like to extend its heartiest congratulations to Mr. Imed Zabaar on his re-election as President of the IAEA Staff Council. The new term of office will begin on 1 January 2017 and continue until 31 December 2018.
We wish him and all his colleagues every success in their work.
1 November 2016 - 70th FICSA Council (Venue + Date)
The Federation is pleased to confirm that the Staff Association of the WHO Global Service Centre (GSC) will host the 70th session of the FICSA Council in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 13 to 17 February 2017. The Council will be preceded by the regular weekend meetings of the Executive Committee, Standing Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs and heads of delegation. There will also be a one and a half day ICSC training session on Friday, 10 February and finishing midday on Saturday, 11 February 2017.
The Council will take place using the conference facilities of a hotel. Further details will be provided to the membership in due course.
17 October 2016 - Whistle-blowing
FICSA is closely following discussions relating to the revision of the whistle-blower protection policy at the UN, as it sets the tone for the other common system organizations. We have observed, from firsthand experience at WIPO, however, that the most robust policy is only as effective as those in charge of enforcing it.
While we are encouraged by constructive staff/management relations in some organizations, a number of our member associations/unions have transmitted to us their grave preoccupations with deteriorations in staff/management relations in several of their organizations.
In the past few years the staff federations have expressed major concerns regarding protection of whistle-blowers and denounced the unwillingness of organizations to hold the perpetrators of wrongdoing accountable for their actions when the latter are at the highest levels of an organization. There is no better example than the case at WIPO where the OIOS investigation report found that “The established facts constitute reasonable grounds to conclude that the conduct of Mr. Francis Gurry [WIPO Director General] may be inconsistent with the standards expected of a staff member of the World Intellectual Property Organization”. Therefore, OIOS concluded, in its report, by writing that “It is recommended that the Chair of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization consider taking appropriate action against Mr. Francis Gurry”.
It is with deep regret that we have to inform you today that the overseers of WIPO, after having spent numerous months of effort just to obtain a copy of the OIOS investigation report, which they themselves had commissioned, took no action other than to decide that the whistle-blower policy should perhaps be strengthened, a policy which will serve no purpose if the leaders of WIPO have no intention of enforcing it. Who will protect those persons who actually believed in the whistle-blower protection policy? Will they simply be forgotten about by the Member States? In which case, it would be better for the Member States to clearly inform staff that should they report wrongdoing they risk retaliation. Alternatively, Member States could decide to take concrete action to demonstrate that they will not tolerate wrongdoing in the organizations and to enforce the whistle-blower protection policies put in place by them.
FICSA continues to advocate for amicable solutions to ongoing alarming situations, and will continue to closely monitor developments at WIPO and in other problematic organizations in order to deter abuse.
- 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
- 22 August 2016 - Status of implementation of the new common system compensation package
- 15 August 2016 - Constructive dismissal – Licienciement implicite
- 2 August 2016 - 70th FICSA Council: Dates and venue