Dear Members and Sympathizers, Dear colleagues,
We, at New Wood, are very excited and proud to launch this new Website to showcase who we are and what we aim for. This website is also meant to be a channel of communication open to all Staff of the UN System Organizations.
On its 75th anniversary, the UN is at a watershed in its history. We, as staff of the UN, those who make the UN effectively deliver on its mandates, are already sensing that something momentous is in the making that will transform the UN and our lives with it. What is in store may even put an end to the International Civil Service as we know it. This means that, while remote/teleworking may give us some transitory freedom in our daily life, we will lose on job security and benefits in the form of pension and medical insurance contributions and home leave, etc.
Decades of total lack of involvement of the majority of staff in their wellbeing and future in the UN, evidenced by around 70% is the rate of abstention from voting for Staff Reps, coupled with Staff involvement in petty quarrels between themselves, are turning ALL the Staff into the Cinderella of the UN system and is threatening to put us all on the brink of precarity.
What we need, in these dire circumstances, are collective spirit, active individual involvement and unswerving solidarity. Only these can carry us through these uncertain times. Let us demonstrate true solidarity amongst ourselves by voting for a new team of staff representatives in February 2021.
The new circumstances require that there be a better committed and more efficient team that works transparently by genuinely engaging the staff in making Union decisions to be defended before the Administration. This is one more challenge we need to rise to and which we can certainly overcome if we stand together. For together, we can save our future and contribute to making the UN better and stronger
The Secretary General of New Wood
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