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Fairness for UN frontline workers

22 October 2015
The Coordinating Committee of International Staff Unions and Associations has informed us that following a three-year pay freeze, the UN General Assembly is now being asked to approve real cuts in pay and allowances of up to 10% for staff who put their lives at risk in the most dangerous and challenging locations in the world.

PSI calls on its affiliates to support United Nations humanitarian aid workers and fairness for frontline workers. They provide relief in war-torn and devastated regions such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

The cuts proposed would:

  • Take the most from single parents and parents with working spouses
  • Make it more difficult and expensive for them to see their families and visit home
  • Undermine the UN’s ambition for a more diverse staff with more women in diverse roles
  • Damage the UN’s ability to move staff quickly to danger zones where they are needed to save lives

Despite referring to his staff as ‘the heart and soul’ of the UN in a recent speech welcoming Pope Francis to UN headquarters, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN, is now expected to approve these damaging cuts to that very same ‘heart and soul’.

We need to deliver a message to all UN Member States and their representatives, who are expected to vote on the pay cuts later this year, the 70th anniversary of the UN. We need to show them, and Ban Ki-Moon, that the frontline humanitarian aid workers they employ deserve respect, support and a fair deal.

Please sign this petition urging UN Member States to defend the United Nations’ ‘heart and soul’ by rejecting the proposed cuts to frontline workers’ pay and leave arrangements.


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