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UNESCO Staff Fears Job Cuts, Goes on Strike
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Dec 12, 1985
Start Page: 14
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Deep distrust pervades the U.N. specialized agency's modernistic headquarters on Paris' Left Bank, with Africans accusing other staff members of racial bias against [Amadou Mahtar M'Bow], and non-Africans suspicious that African staff members are turning in reports to M'Bow about dissenters.

The deep malaise within the organization was shown when a second, smaller union accused [De Padirac]'s union of racism. Z'Ahidi Ngoma of Zaire, the president of this union, the International Staff Assn. of UNESCO, announced that he is starting a hunger strike of his own that will continue until M'Bow assured him that staff cuts were made on the basis of competence, not geography.

Members of the main union insist that the second union is a creation of M'Bow. Even if this is so, its issue of racism is a real one at UNESCO, reflecting a feeling by some staff members that M'Bow has packed divisions of UNESCO with fellow Africans.

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