I’m proud to be a member of a union (the Society of Union Employees) that is affiliated to the General Federation of Trade Unions – which provides support and services to some of the UK’s smaller and more specialist unions.
One of the many interesting things about the GFTU is the membership of the CCISUA
This is the body bringing together people who work for the United Nations around the world, including those working in the field in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti.
As the statement from the unions says:Solutions to improve staff safety and reduceuse of private military security contractorssuch as G4S, Dyncorp and Saracen,[footnote3] as UN staff come under increasing attack.560 staff have been attacked in the lastten years, most recently chemical weaponsinspectors in Damascus, resulting in over200 deaths: Mogadishu (2013), Abuja(2011), Mazar-i-Sharif (2011), Kabul (2009),Algiers (2007), Baghdad (2003). Advocatingsecure air transport in war zones (4 dead ina helicopter crash in 2013 and 32 dead in aplane crash in 2011), and a coroner system toinvestigate deaths of staff
As the statement also says by stripping workers of their right to bargain collectively the UN is ignoring it’s own conventions.
You can talk to the unions themselves here on their new Facebook page.
Not only do they provide an essential role in supporting UN workers there is a fascinating story that as far as I know has yet to be written about the struggle to organise an entire industrial relations and collective bargaining system from scratch in UN institutions.