Contracts and Employment Security

Coordinator: Catherine Comte-Tiberghien, Clara Van Panhuys

Members: Laurence Dubois, Séverine Deboos, Guillaume Filhon

Information on state of negotiation of the new contracts policy – Staff Union Extraordinary General Assembly – 25 November 2016
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Objective: Protect employment security at the ILO, particularly in all current or future negotiations with the administration, irrespective of the contractual situation of the staff. Take steps to eliminate all forms of precariousness, and strive for greater equity between different categories of staff (RB-DC, P-G, and Headquarters-field).

Priority areas include:

  • Preparing for future negotiations on contracts, where the focus will be on three main areas: the preservation of acquired rights that are specific to the ILO, such as the long-term nature of staff employment contracts; the medium and long-term incorporation of technical cooperation (TC) staff into the regular staff, as per the Organization’s rules and regulations; and the titularization of staff members who for years have been employed under a succession of contracts while engaged in work that is an essential part of the ILO.
  • The defence of existing jobs in the framework of the Business Process Review (BPR) that has become almost permanent and the fight against the attempts to downgrade the positions.
  • The improvement of employment conditions for TC staff, including recruitment, career development, recognition and merit, and access to training.

Means of action

  • Ensure that priority areas are included in the negotiation of a new contracts policy.
  • Consolidate the efforts of the ad hoc working group on development cooperation to analyse the impact of human resource and other policies on the staff concerned, so that it can help the Staff Union identify the fundamental priorities and problems they come up against and ensure that, in future negotiations, it is fully briefed on the issues involved.
  • Support the Staff Union position on the contracts policy with an appropriate legal strategy.
  • Maintain a close and constructive dialogue with the INTERNBOARD.