Geneva / United Nations

The United Nations: More Consultants, Fewer Rights

UN labor policy is as broken as the Broken Chair – and still it stands…

Although I may no longer be an intern, I still have my qualms with the UN’s labor policies. This article from Le News puts it perfectly: the example needs to come from the top, from the UN and governments alike. The UN does not pay its interns (neither does the US government) and keeps its consultants in a perpetual state of job insecurity by employing them through disposable 3-month contracts and denying them health and other key benefits while official UN “staff” receive all of the perks. Equal pay for equal work is not only relevant to the debate on the gender wage gap. The interns’ plight is the consultants’, too, yet how can these disenfranchised groups bring about change – and can they?


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