Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ian Richards campaign statement: Vote for candidates who will protect our Pension Fund, 4 April 2017


ELECTIONS:  UN STAFF PENSION COMMITTEE HAPPENING NOW  (31 March to 10 April 2017), link to bios below
Contact Chair, Polling Officers, gheorghe@un.org for information


Dear Colleague, 

The Board of the pension fund must represent your interests. Our fund must be kept safe and secure. 

You will have received an email from "Polling Officers, CCISUA - UN Staff Pension Committee Election - 2017" with the link to vote for members to the UN Staff Pension Committee, who are also members of the pension fund Board. 

It's important that you vote. I am a candidate. 

As a staff representative I pressured the fund to pay its retirees on time, successfully lobbied the General Assembly to keep the fund in the UN and helped expose misleading data being published by the fund on the UN intranet. 

However, the fund’s leaders have yet to be held accountable for their actions, staff continue to be paid later than is acceptable and the returns on the fund’s investments are below target with $3.4 billion recently lost in foreign exchange transactions. 

If elected I will:
· oppose moves to remove the fund, its staff and investments from the UN;
· hold the pension fund’s leaders accountable for the suffering caused to retirees through late payments and the fund’s poor financial performance;
· identify bottlenecks in benefits payments so that retirees are paid on the day of retirement;
· make sure the fund is prepared for difficult economic times ahead;
· ensure the Board holds regular townhalls with staff to understand your needs.

The online voting platform is easy to use and you can choose up to six candidates. The deadline for voting is Monday 10 April 9 a.m. EDT. 

Other candidates with similar views and objectives are:
· Egor Ovcharenko
· Michelle Rockcliffe
· Ibrahima Faye
· Katy Joseph Solozano
· Nebiyu Workineh

Thank you for taking the time to vote. Our pension fund needs your participation. 


Brief Bio 

· Economist on investment issues at UNCTAD
· Treasurer and Vice-Treasurer of La Mutuelle, the Geneva savings and loans mutual, 2013 to present

· President of the Coordinating Committee of International Staff Unions and Associations (CCISUA), 2014 to present


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