ILOAT decision

Dear colleagues,

The patience of colleagues affected by the wage dispute in Geneva has been severely tested in recent months, but the long-awaited decision of the ILO Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) has finally arrived.

Please find  below  the decision which is a VICTORY for the complainants and the Staff Union:


For the above reasons,

  1. The impugned decisions of 28 September 2018 and 18 October 2018 are set aside.
  1. The complainants’ and interveners’ April 2018 payslips and all subsequent payslips implementing the ICSC’s contested decisions regarding the revised post adjustment for the duty station of Geneva are set aside.
  1. The ILO shall provide the complainants and interveners with new revised payslips as from the April 2018 payslip with a post adjustment multiplier not based on the revised post adjustment index resulting from the 2016 cost-of-living survey.
  1. The ILO shall pay each complainant and each intervener an amount equivalent to the difference between the remuneration actually paid to them since April 2018 and the remuneration that would have been paid to them during the same period but for the implementation of the ICSC decisions, with interest at the rate of 5 per cent per annum from due dates until the date of final payment. 5. All other claims are dismissed.

This decision must now be thoroughly analysed by our legal adviser before the ILO Staff Union can pronounce itself on it, as the stakes are so high for the future of work and the international civil service, both at headquarters and in the field.

In any case, the Staff Union wishes to pay tribute to the tenacity and commitment shown by all its members in this conflict over the past three years. It would particularly like to thank all colleagues based in the field and/or belonging to different categories of staff, who have demonstrated a truly remarkable trade union solidarity of which the ILO Staff Union as a whole can be proud. On the eve of its own centenary, the Staff Union will continue to fight tirelessly to ensure that professional relations within the United Nations system are in line with the ILO’s mandate, values and principles.