So, the revised Memorandum of Understanding between the UN Pension Fund and the Office of Human Resources Management is still safely on hold, we thought, where it was placed by USG DM Takasu on 10 July 2015. You will recall his iSeek message stating that “ we believe more work is needed in sensitizing staff and retirees alike to the purpose of the proposed MOU and to disavow any remaining misconceptions. In this regard, we have consulted with the UNJSPF management and have agreed that it is important to make further efforts and dialogue with concerned parties in order to ensure a clear understanding on the initiative before finalizing the revised MOU.”
However, we have information today that at the time of Mr. Takasu’s message, the staff management ‘flexibilities’ pushed for by the Fund CEO had already been in force for almost two months. The UN Staff Union President circulated a broadcast today to UN staff, of which we received a copy, about the ‘strong powers’ given to the Fund CEO by UN Human Resources in a memo dated 17 May 2015 to the Fund CEO, attached to her broadcast. (See the 17 May memo below).