Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff Susana Malcorra told other department heads to prepare to cut five percent of costs, and to move or outsource jobs, according to a UN Staff Union message to Malcorra obtained by Inner City Press, which is putting the message and reply online.
Staff Union Representatives, have complained to Ban, Malcora, Kim Won-soo (the Korean Secretariat member in charge of Management), Yukio Takasu of Management and Catherine Pollard of Human Resources that “administrative units in Regional Commissions will be cut by 5%.”
Other Staff Union sources describe 10% of jobs to be outsourced, and 10% to be “off-shored” — they say, perhaps self-serving, that it is strange that the US Administration is supporting these changes that would result in a loss of jobs in the United States and, in many cases, for Americans.
Inner City Press reported, also exclusively, on moves to reduce jobs in the UN Publishing Section in part by not ordering supplies for the GOSS printing machines and, workers there tell Inner City Press, increasingly doing printing jobs “off the books” so that the UN appears more paperless than it is.
OUR QUESTION IS IF THIS WILL SORT OF LEGALIZE THE UNDER THE TABLE SUBSIDIZATION BY INTERESTED COUNTRIES OF THE PERSONNEL THEY DETAIL TO THE UN ANYWAY. WILL SOME MORE UN ACTIVITIES MOVE THUS FROM NEW YORK TO OFFICES OVERSEAS – LIKE VIENNA, PARIS, BONN, KOREA, JAPAN … WHY NOT CHINA, BRAZIL, AUSTRALIA – THAT IS COUNTRIES THAT CAN BE CALLED TO PICK UP THE EXPENSE. Countries that cannot provide for the missing funds will then loose jobs for their citizens – also, the lack of money to pay for less qualified relatives of Administrations in poorer countries may result in improvement of the work in the organization in general. Call this survival of the fittest.