New Parental Leave Framework

The General Assembly last month approved new, gender-neutral rules on parental leave that provide 16 weeks for both parents in addition to 10 weeks for the birth mother.

In advance of the resolution, UN management agreed with staff unions that all parents eligible for parental leave on 1 January, including those of children born in 2022, would benefit, in line with usual human resources practice.

Unfortunately, UN management has now gone back on their word and we have been informed that they only want to apply the policy to children born in 2023. We decided to send a letter to the UN Secretary-General indicating our disappointment.

More information here.


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The UN’s staff selection system should focus on internal talent

By Stefan Brezina, the President of the UNOV/UNODC Staff Union

Staff Selection: a paradigm shift is needed to truly recognize internal talent and to strengthen the profile as “employer of choice”

Joining the United Nations as a staff member is certainly not the easiest task. It requires (endless) patience and resolve, often leads to frustration, confrontation with very personal and disruptive obstacles, or simply inner resignation. Those who do manage to get a contract in hand may rejoice at first, but may run into other frustrating experiences down the road.

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Results of the Referendum on the New Statutes

On 17 November 2021, the Staff Council formally requested the Polling Officers to conduct a referendum on the question that the Staff Union adopt the statutes and rules presented during a townhall of the Staff Union on 10 November 2021.

The Polling Officers conducted the referendum from 20 to 26 January 2022.

As 31.2% of the membership of the Staff Union submitted a ballot, the 25% participation threshold in order for the referendum to come to decision has been met. 487 received ballots were cast for ‘Yes’ on the question comprising the majority of the 497 ballots cast.

The membership of the Staff Union has thus decided to adopt the new statutes and rules which have come into effect on 1 February 2022. 


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Staff Union Vienna - United against racism, discrimination and oppression

G to P abolishment: Statement of the members of the SMC Working Group on GS Career Prospects to the Fifth Committee

CCISUA prohibited conduct survey - results

UN Dispute Tribunal's decision in favour of staff overturned by UN Appeals Tribunal

ICSC approves increased and new allowances






95th Session of the ICSC - New York, 20 - 31 March 2023

SMC XI - Brindisi, Italy, April 2023

96th Session of the ICSC - Montreal, 10 - 21 July 2023

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