“TrustMe” Manifesto

The effort invested in our manifesto depicts our commitment to embarking on our mandate with a clear vision and plan.

Our manifesto is not just a list of staff’s issues and concerns, or a general view about them. We present a full work plan, based on what we think is an optimal and reasonable approach, within the legal, political, financial and cultural context of our organization. It stems from our vision and mission statement and puts them to implementation.

We mean by this level of details to assure the staff that we grasp not only what the issues at stake are, but also what possible solutions we can provide on their behalf. The manifesto is divided into 10 main themes under which, we address 20 topics.

Theme 1: Job Security
With downsizing and liquidation of missions, nationalization as well as the foreseen implementation of GSDM, we shall pursue a solid legal basis for the exercise of such workforce reshaping. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 2: Accountability
The current accountability framework, the policy on misconduct, especially the abuse of authority, and the System of Internal Justice do not provide for adequate preventive and post-facto measures to curtail the possibility of breaching staff rights or ensure timely recourse when needed. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 3: Staff Selection and Mobility
We shall work with Management on an integrated approach to staff selection and mobility. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 4: Gender Balance
The gender gap in the field developed from a combination of systemic, contrived and classic causes. We are alarmed by the use of easy shortcuts that focus purely on statistics as they offset one problem by many others. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 5: Performance and Career Development
Elements of talent management are integral and interdependent. Among them are performance management and career development, alongside staff selection and lateral and upward mobility. We intend to invest a lot of time and effort on these important aspects that are fundamental to staff career progression. Interested to know more about our views?? Click here.

Theme 6: Conditions of Service
The scope of terms of conditions of service overarches the pay scales and post adjustments, within-grade increments, education grant, removal costs, hardship, mobility allowances, non-family service allowance, danger pay and other elements such as rest and recuperation, home leave and leave entitlements and accommodation for air travel. We shall submit arguments and make cases for bringing more fairness to some of those emoluments, allowances, and entitlements. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 7: Health, Safety, Security, and Wellbeing
Health, safety and security, welfare and wellbeing are among the most serious concerns for staff. These elements have a much stronger echo in dangerous and hardship duty stations. We have seen the OSH activities starting to take place but a lot more is yet needed. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 8: Work/Life Balance
Work/life balance is essential to staff wellbeing and has also become a major element to staff retention and talent attraction. It is essential for both women and men to be able to work, produce and live. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 9: Social Security
The General Assembly, in January 2019, voted a landmark resolution (A/RES/73/274) to fix problems at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). There is certainly a need to remain vigilant as the Pension Fund is our only form of social security after retirement. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

Theme 10: Making the FSU Better
The UNFSU faces many internal and external challenges to realizing its full potential for efficiency and effectiveness. we shall follow a strategic approach consisting of a set of omnidirectional reforms aimed at the various internal components which total up the performance of the UNFSU. Interested to know more about our views? Click here.

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