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    Strike for UN staff for the second time in a week

    UN staff in Geneva on Friday committed a second strike in a week to denounce working conditions and cut their salaries.
    On Friday morning, the strikers distributed leaflets and banners reading “United Nations staff in Geneva striking” near the organization’s headquarters in Geneva.
    About 200 people gathered outside the headquarters of the organization. “We say no to the transparent and arbitrary way in which our salaries and the conditions of our work are determined,” said Bricha Chaoui, executive director of the United Nations Staff Coordinating Council in Geneva.The World Public Works Committee has become a “political tool in the service of austerity policy” that affects not only UN staff but also its activities, she said.
    Staff protests were also reported in Brazzaville, Addis Ababa and Bangkok, and the organization’s headquarters in New York, she said.
    A union source said some UN agencies in Geneva, such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) or the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), had committed themselves to the strike.

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