I Got Excited When I Saw the Headline

“UN staff votes no confidence in Annan management”. But then I read the article:

The U.N. Staff Union voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to express no confidence in U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his top managers after Annan announced plans to overhaul the U.N. bureaucracy.
A motion “to express a statement of no confidence in the secretary-general and his senior management team” was opposed by just two of the more than 500 U.N. employees attending a closed-door emergency meeting of the staff group, said Staff Union official Guy Candusso.
Annan earlier this week had unveiled a 33-page report on U.N. management reform that proposed outsourcing some U.N. work or moving staff out of the United States for some translation services, document production, printing and publishing and information technology.
He also recommended more financial oversight, simplified hiring and firing procedures, staff buyouts, more training and a modern information system.
Annan argued existing rules and regulations “make it very hard for the organization to conduct its work efficiently or effectively” and said a “radical overhaul” was needed.
But staff members said they feared he would slash payrolls and programs in order to cut down on costs.

In other words, the U.N. staff in New York is even more hide-bound than Annan.


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