Topics In and out of the common system SHIF UNJSPF Current demands, SHIF Current worries, UNJSPF Why not be a representative ?
In and Out the Common System SHIF A typical Agency product – joint ILO/ITU With social security features Autonomous, universal and self-sufficient UNJSPF A typical Common System product With multiple interferences (UNGA, ICSC) With some interesting social security features (management, universality, benefits defined) COMMON SYSTEM TRIES EVERY NOW AND THEN TO MESS UP HEALTH CARE ISSUES However, and for the time being, both schemes are sound, healthy and useful.
BIPARTITE MANAGEMENT Active, and retired members Family Coverage 80% reimbursement for all treatments Thresholds for supplementary benefits COMPULSORY AND VOLUNTARY COVERAGE http://WWW.ILO.ORG/public/ENGLISH/bureau/pers/shif/index.htm Staff Health Insurance Fund
United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund A funded, benefits defined social security scheme Old age, invalidity, survivors, child benefits FINANCED BY CONTRIBUTIONS expressed in % of BASE SALARY COMPULSORY COVERAGE, BUT RESTRICTIONS not always possible regularize ADMINISTERED BY TRIPARTITE BODY WITH STRONG U.N. REPRESENTATION Limited but real influence of pension committees of member organizations DUAL INFLUENCE OF U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY & ICSC THROUGH WAGE SYSTEM SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN BENEFITS SINCE EARLY 80s … … BUT A FEW IMPROVEMENTS WERE ACHIEVED
Current demands, SHIF Improve advance payments for costly treatments Negotiate rates with local providers, consider direct provision of care Base threshold for supplementary benefits on actual wages Reinvent long term care … Facilitate maintaining coverage, screening better voluntary coverage ENSURE COVERAGE FOR NON MARRIED COUPLES
Current Worries, UNJSPF Protect value of benefits in case high inflation, devaluation Improve adjustment for deferred benefits Ensure protection for non-married couples Pay benefits for children borne after retirement KEEP THE SCHEME A REAL JOINT VENTURE OF ALL UN SYSTEM Establish coordination mechanisms with national pension schemes PROTECT INVESTMENTS FROM GREED AND INCOMPETENCE
UNJSPF : ILO specificities Excellent collaboration among the three components Have leadership role on several key topics (former colleagues ex-USSR, non-married couples, divorced spouses, pensionable remuneration, disability, role of UNJSP Board, investment policy …) THE ILO THRIFT BENEFIT FUND: UNPRECENTED, AND STILL UNIQUE Preoccupations concerning means of action of ILO Pension Committee Secretariat TRADITIONAL STRONG RELATIONS BETWEEN SUC AND PARTICIPANTS’ REPRESENTATIVES (Not so frequent !)