In 2004, the Registrar and the Staff Union signed an agreement institutionalising the Union's right to negotiate with Management and make formal joint recommendations to the Registrar on any and all issues affecting staff members.

 

The agreement established a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) at the ICTY, "to allow the Union and Management to share information and consult on various issues with a view to making formal recommendations to the Registrar," quoting from the agreement. The Committee meets on a regular basis, providing a forum for either the Union or ICTY Management to propose changes to conditions of employment or to any other issues affecting staff members’ welfare. These proposals are then discussed and a formal, joint recommendation is forwarded to the Registrar. The JNC agreement also sets out a dispute resolution procedure to be followed when negotiations fail to produce consensus.

 

The ICTY was only the second UN body to grant rights of consultation and joint problem-solving for their staff, the first being the International Labour Organisation. 

 

The MICT followed in 2015 with the signing of a MICT JNC, which is similar to the ICTY’s agreement. MICT staff also have the right to negotiate with Management and make formal joint recommendations to the Registrar on any and all issues affecting staff members.

 

 

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