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U.S. Calls for UN Salary Freeze and Audits to Be Posted Online

January 20, 2012

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nation should freeze salaries, post compensation audits online and reduce its heathcare and pension costs, according to the U.S. ambassador for UN management and reform.

“With average UN professional pay now at nearly 130 percent of average U.S. federal civil-service pay in Washington -- the UN’s standard comparator -- the system is becoming seriously distorted,” Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella said in prepared remarks for a speech today in Washington. “Until very recently, the UN budget has been largely shielded from global financial realities.”

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