Is the United Nations broke or just having financial difficulties?

That is the same question that UN workers are seeking answers to that prompted them to embark on a strike on Friday after their salary was slashed.

On Friday, UN staff in Geneva called for a strike after winning support from 90% of more than 1,000 employees who cast ballots, according to the staff council.

“The rare move will shut down the Human Rights Council and other meetings held at the UN European headquarters in the Swiss city,” it said on Thursday.

Apparently, the angry UN staff in Geneva began protesting since May last year against a 7.5% cut to their salaries, the equivalent of almost a month’s pay, which has now taken effect for professional level staff.

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The salary cut was proposed by the International Civil Service Commission, a group of independent experts, which surveyed the cost of living in eight UN locations.

It said the cut for Geneva-based staff would align them with colleagues in New York, where purchasing power has dropped.

“The first day of strike is Friday. Please, therefore, stay at home, no demonstration was planned, and work was to resume on Monday.

“The results of the vote are hugely positive and show your courage in saying a big NO to efforts by the ICSC and our employer to weaken our conditions of service, in an arbitrary manner.

“You also said NO to intimidatory emails from management,” the staff council said.

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