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Respecting the right to strike

Since two years the representatives of the employers in the ILO, a tripartite multilateral body responsible for guaranteeing the correct application of an international labour code, try to weaken the global work regulations.

On the occasion of the Global Day of Action for the right to strike at the invitation of the Geneva community of Union action (Communauté genevoise d’action syndicale) and the Swiss Trade Union Association (Union syndicale suisse) around noon on Wednesday 18th February some fifty staff representatives of international organizations gathered on the place des Nations in Geneva to reaffirm the importance of this fundamental right, too often flouted.

Looking back

In Echo No 215 we announced that we are archiving old publications of the Staff Association, in particular the issues of the Staff Association Journal. To relive with you some interesting moments of the 60-year history of the Association, that we celebrate in 2015, we plan and reproduce a few articles of this magazine in Echo. We start with an article, which shows how the executives of the Association, which was just born a few months earlier, saw its role in these early days.

As a curiosity we reproduce below page 16 of the Staff Association Journal of July 1956, which shows the age distribution of the CERN staff. The average age was 33 years. At the end of the year 1956, CERN had 396 employees, including fellows (to be compared with 114 and 260 at the end 1954, and 1955, respectively).

At that time, there were no CERN pensioners yet. Which is not to say that nobody mentioned the Pension Fund. Indeed, the Staff Association Journal, N° 7 (May 1956) was devoted to a presentation on the Pension Funds drafted by the CERN Administration. Then, N° 8 (June 1956) indicates that the Committee of the Association has devoted most of its recent activity to the study of the project of the Pension Fund, as prepared by the Administration.

The Staff Association and its history

The Staff Association will celebrate its 60th birthday in the spring of 2015. We are collecting all information about the sixty years of the Staff Association. In particular, we are looking at publications of the Staff Association, which started with the “Staff Association Journal”, in 1955, which later became “Le Proton déchainé”, then, more simply, “Proton” in 1982 (the figure on the left shows the different mutations of our magazine). In our collection we are missing a few issues, in particular № 1 (dated mid-1955).

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…

The benefits of belonging to a CERN Club are numerous for you as an individual and for CERN as an Organization!

At CERN there are nearly 50 Clubs, run by teams of keen and dedicated volunteers, each offering sporting, cultural or technology-related activities.  Becoming a member of one of those clubs will enable you to carry out your preferred hobbies and interests and at the same time, it will enhance your non-professional relations amongst other colleagues working at CERN and also facilitate your (and your family’s) integration in the local area. Joining a CERN club will help your widen your circle of friends and help you understand the work carried out by your colleagues in different domains within CERN. CERN clubs are open to people from the local area, which also means you can mingle with people from varying backgrounds and nationalities from the region, again aiding integration and your language skills. It gives CERN people the opportunity to explain to our friends from the local area what exactly we do at CERN.

This week at the Staff Association

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