Letter to the Secretary-General: Union rights save UN lives
Published on Friday, 16 August 2013
Unions delivered a letter to the Secretary-General on Monday 19 August 2013, highlighting the risks threatening front line staff as a result of his unilateral withdrawal from agreed staff-management negotiating forums.
Delivery of the letter, which accuses UN management of putting staff at risk by tearing up union negotiating rights, coincides with the tenth anniversary of the tragic deaths of 15 UN personnel following the bombing of the UN building in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Since Baghdad there have been a further 555 attacks on staff of which over 200 have resulted in deaths. A further 102 staff died in the Haiti earthquake.
The UN staff unions are asking for the urgent reinstatement of established negotiating rights so that:
UN employees have the right to voice their concerns over being sent to the front line in remote conflict zones, where they should be protected by professional UN security officers instead of unscreened private security companies. The unions call for a reduction in the use of private security contractors such as G4S, Dyncorp International and Saracen.
More information can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/unstaffunions. The Facebook page includes photos of staff around the world and in hostile locations signing the letter.