Switzerland - Strike at UN continues - March 31, 2018

Following a half day strike last month (see our February newsletter) UN staff held two more strikes in March. The workers are still protesting recent pay cuts of 3.5% that will swell to 5% in June 2018. An overwhelming majority of 89% of the workers voted in favour of the decision to go on strike against pay cuts and austerity. However, the Director General of the United Nations in Geneva Office tried to prevent the strike by sending an email to all staff stating that ‘rules and regulations provide no basis for staff members to be absent from work because of a work stoppage or strike’. In reaction to this attack on the right to strike, several trade unions expressed their solidarity.

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