UN derecognizes staff unions, refuses to negotiate

November 12, 2013
PSI urges all trade unionists to call on your UN Member States and Foreign Ministers and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to respect the rights of workers and immediately resume bargaining.

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Latest Update: PSI's Steering Committee, meeting in Geneva on 11-12 November 2013 expressed their support to the staff unions of the United Nations and adopted a resolution on trade union rights for UN staff unions. In a context where workers’ rights face an onslaught in both the private and public sectors, PSI is convinced that the UN is sending the wrong message by denying fundamental workers’ rights to its own staff. PSI members have pledged to take this issue up with their respective governments.

In the summer of 2013, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unilaterally decided to strip UN unions of negotiating rights and suspend the Staff Management Committee. This sends an unacceptable message to the world that unions are not valid – and is especially hypocritical coming from the global organisation dedicated to peace, social justice and upholding the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (Article 23 Section 4) and the international labour conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining of the International Labour Organization.

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