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CSAIO - a tool on the move for the staff associations of international organisations and European agencies

Every year, in autumn, the CSAIO (Conference of Staff Associations of International Organizations) conference takes place over two days; this conference is only for the Staff Associations of International Organizations, mainly based in Europe, as well as for European Agencies.

Creation, goals and developments

CSAIO, created by the CERN and OECD Staff Associations in 2000, allows some 30 staff associations to share their experiences and ideas in a common goal to better understand the expectations and aspirations of staff working in international and European organisations.

Over time, the conference process has evolved to accommodate the demands of staff representatives from different backgrounds. For the past three years, the informal follow-up, during the first half-day of the conference, of the themes discussed the previous year, has been institutionalized. This monitoring makes possible to share the implementation and impacts of certain proposals in the speakers' respective organizations or agencies. This debriefing will be an integral part of the conference from next year onwards.

Photography Competition

Cast your minds back to August, temperatures soared up to 34 degrees Celsius, rainfall was scarce and the Staff Association in conjunction with the CERN Photo Club launched its Summer Photography Competition.

CERN clubs are subsidised by the Staff Association and CERN administration. Clubs offer sports, leisure and cultural activities, enhancing non-professional relations between CERN staff members and facilitating integration of them and their families into the local area. Clubs are run under the supervision of the Staff Association through the Clubs Coordinating Committee (CCC).

WIPO : Retaliation against whistleblowers and employee representatives?

The situation of our colleagues C. Mason, W. Lei and O. Steele, respectively President and Vice-Presidents of the WIPO Staff Association, has been of concern to us for some time.

“CERN: Science Bridging Cultures” by Marilena Streit-Bianchi

You may have noticed, in the CERN Bulletin of 19 April 2018, the announcement of the presentation of the book “CERN: Science Bridging Cultures” to the Ambassador of Mozambique to the United Nations. For those of you who were unable to attend this presentation or have not yet had time to read this book, I present here for ECHO some aspects of this publication and explain how it came about.

This week at the Staff Association

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