Before going into details, I would like to emphasize that all CASU and area staff in large are against any violence against our children in the school and out the school and we will not accept any tolerance in this regard. However, the introduced ETI did not make and provisions on what actions or disciplinary measures should be taken against any case of violence and you might agree with me that it would not be fair to have one disciplinary action to be taken for all kinds of violations and therefore it should not be used to exercise a power or revenge from teaching staff.
This incident is considered by all, as a serious precedent in the history of UNRWA, which would destroy the image of this humanitarian organization not only in the minds of the Palestine refugees, but also in front of the donors who, with the great effort you made yourself through OD, feel the change towards having an organization that is transparent, fair and free of prejudice.
In fact, it has been made clear through the document submitted and attached to all staff representatives that the head teacher who was terminated by DUO West Bank is not at all guilty and the decision was a result of a recommendation given by a committee of two staff members ONLY, one of whom is the CFEP-WB who should not be a member in such a committee, if we want to ensure fairness of the investigations as he is the supervisor of the one who is accused , besides, having a committee of two would not give solid and reliable recommendations, as the minimum number of a committee must be three at least.
To add on top of the difficult situation created between staff and DUO-WB, it has also been communicated to us that DUO-WB got into the hall where the staff representatives were holding a meeting, held her mobile phone and started to record a video of the members who are already fed up with the police behavior in the territories and then drove out of the field in her car, which put the participants under the impression that her behavior is a hint to terrify the staff and put them under further pressure. This information was received from ASU-WB.
In my capacity, I have tried so far to interfere in this issue upon the request of all staff representatives, especially our colleagues in West bank, as they do not want the problem to be such big and as they do not want to reach a situation of mistrust between refugees and UNRWA, and I tried to contact DUO West Bank through DHR, who did not respond to my many calls, which put us all under the impression that UNRWA Administration has closed its ear to the voice of its staff, which we are all quite sure that it contradicts with your way of leadership which have given all respect to the refugees and staff and have won the trust of donors.
The CASU requested me to hold an urgent meeting with DUO-WB and ASU-WB to find a suitable solution to this case. DHR also facilitated this travel.
On Thursday 13 May 2010 I went to WB and hold a long meeting with DUO-WB. During this meeting DUO-WB presented the case to me from her perspective and I communicated my comments and observations to the case on behalf of ISUC. Another meeting took place between my self and DHR and DEO and after two hours of discussions we did not agree on any solution that I proposed to have an acceptable settlement for the case.
Although I sent you a letter in this regard before ten days, I was expecting to meet with you in Jerusalem to have your support to find a solution to this case, but I am writing to you with dissatisfaction that you did not find time to meet with me as CISUC during this critical time.
Although ISUC agreed on some actions to be taken in this regard, but CASU during the video conference decided to hold the planned actions until they receive the outcomes of the CISUC efforts with DUO-WB.
Based on the facts shown to all and based on our full trust in your wise decision, the CASU request the following:
1- Cancellations of the decision taken by DUO-WB and return the head teacher to his post as the allegations against him were found groundless.
2- Forming a committee to restudy the ETI on corporal punishment.
3- Make all effort to rebuild trust between staff and administration in West Bank
Pending reaching a solution for this problem, the CASU have decided the following actions:
1- Stop all kinds of communication between staff and UNRWA administration.
2- Suspending the coming Provident Fund meeting in Syria.
3- Stop the participation of staff representatives in the reclassification exercise.
4- Stop the participation in the training on the Pay Policy
While we appreciate your dedication and working seven days per week to promote the agency image and secure funding to ensure the continuation of UNRWA’s operations and enhancing its quality of services, we do feel that this situation requires the dedication of your time to find a fair solution and to rebuild trust between ASUs and administration
Finally, we are all looking forward to your urgent, fair and wise decision that would spare us all unexpected negative responses of the staff who do feel that their dignity is touched.
ملاحظة هامة: اصدر رئيس الأقطار بموافقة جميع رؤساء الاتحادات تعليماته بمقاطعة مؤتمر صندوق التوفير المزمع تنفيذه في دمشق بين 18-20/05/2010¡ تنفيذا للمرحلة الأولى من احتجاج الأقطار على عدم جدية الإدارة بالحوار للخروج من هذه الأزمة.