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If you have received, or receive, an email supposedly from the Pension Fund (UNJSPF) with the 'annual pension statement' - delete it, do not click on the attachment. It is spam and could infect your device with a virus.
The email is not from the Pension Fund. You can verify this by checking the detailed sender email addresses. The email is not from ....@unjspf.org, rather from ....@yahoo.com

The ARICSA Office is in C0249B. To visit, take the C tower lifts closest to the A tower and turn right.
Our telephone number is: 01 / 2600-26116 and our email addresses are: office@aricsa.org for general issues and inquiries@aricsa.org for personal questions.

Many things on this site require you to log in. Members can use the generic username and password that is published in each issue of the ARICSA Newsletter, sent by post to ARICSA members.

Articles for ARICSA members

(those from 2016 onward appear here in full text. Earlier ones follow with titles only)

NEWSLETTER No 83 (December 2017) NOW ONLINE

Author: STEFANOV Olaf-Michael - Published At: 2017-12-14 15:39 - (95 Reads)

Newsletter No 83 (December 2017) is now available on-line, for members, in the Newsletter section of the Member's Area.

All issues, since No 39 (September 2005) are also available on-line.

You will need to log in with the usual User Name / Password. If you are logged in, it can be read here.

List of special offers added for members only

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2017-12-10 18:19 - (88 Reads)

The Staff Associations' list of special offers has been uploaded

Members of ARICSA who can prove that they formerly were contributing members of the IAEA Staff Association can avail themselves of the special offers provided by the Staff Associations.  As noted in an earlier newsletter, we hope that the availability of these offers will be extended to all ARICSA members in 2018, but further negotiations are needed.  To download the brochure (in PDF), log into our website using the usual generic userid and password and click here

Notary Presentation added to our web site

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2017-10-09 17:04 - (159 Reads)

Presentation on 9 October 2017

The presentation by Dr. Thorsten Antenreiter on legal aspects of ageing is available to our members on our web site here

NEWSLETTER No 82 (June 2017) NOW ONLINE

Author: STEFANOV Olaf-Michael - Published At: 2017-06-21 17:35 - (363 Reads)

Newsletter No 82 (June 2017) is now available online, in the Newsletter section of the Member's Area.
This is the second newsletter issue put out by our new editor, Martin Reading. We welcome Martin to the ARICSA team.

All issues, since No 39 (September 2005) are also available online.

The June 2017 Newsletter is now available on-line for members. You will need to log in with the usual User Name / Password.
It can be read here.

Pension Fund Presentation november 2016

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2016-11-27 09:56 - (790 Reads)

In-Retirement Presentation by the Pension Fund November 2016

Presentation given November 25th, 2016

Representatives of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) gave an 'in retirement' presentation to ARICSA members and answered questions. The presentation can be viewed here:
UNJSPF IN-RETIREMENT PRESENTATION VIENNA 2016. The presentation was given by Alan Blythe, Chief of the Geneva Office of the Pension Fund, and Aliamane Bacar Said, the Chief of Client Servicing and Records Management in the Geneva Office.

ARICSA News August 2016

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2016-08-01 14:29 - (492 Reads)

ARICSA News: August 2016

After a very busy month of July for ARICSA (hosting the international FAFICS meeting and involvement with the annual Pension Fund Board meeting), we are starting to look towards planning for the autumn.  Our ARICSA Annual General Meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 3rd, and we are hoping to find a date when representatives of the Pension Fund can come and explain the new web site services and other pension matters.

Concerning Pension Fund matters, there was a great deal of direct conversation with senior Pension Fund staff during July.  Our positions remain unchanged - the Pension Fund is in a good financial position, the backlog of processing caused by the implementation of a new computer system last July has all but been eliminated, there is no fraud, the new financial rules will give yet another way to monitor the Fund's activities - not separate the Fund from the UN, and client services are beginning to improve.

We see increased willingness now to address the staffing issues - especially in the area of client services - but remain concerned about the long hiring delays particularly in the Investment Management Division.  We have greeted the hiring of a Director of Investments and a Communications Officer.

The 'Town Hall' meeting in the VIC on Thursday 21 July was very well attended and many people raised their concerns.  Facts were presented by the CEO of the Pension Fund, the Representative of the Secretary General responsible for the Investments of the Pension Fund, the Controller of the United Nations and the Chair of the Pension Board.

At the end of the Pension Board, the Board issued a statement, that you can find on the UNJSPF web site and on our web site.  The link is:  http://www.aricsa.org/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=189.

We remain in contact with the Pension Fund officials and of course will continue to help mediate any open cases.

We wish you a healthy and relaxing August.

ARICSA Office
VIC,  Room C0249B
Wagramer Strasse 5, A-1400 Vienna, Austria
tel: +43 1 2600 26116    office@aricsa.org

Newsletter No 79 (with a new title "ARICSA NEWS") is now online

Author: STEFANOV Olaf-Michael - Published At: 2016-06-28 17:30 - (479 Reads)

Newsletter No 79 (with a new title, "ARICSA NEWS") is now online.

The June/July 2016 Newsletter is now available on-line for members. You will need to log in with the usual User Name / Password.
It can be read here.

ARICSA News March 2016

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2016-03-21 14:31 - (905 Reads)

ARICSA News: Statement on Late Pension Payments and a new Allianz App

ARICSA Statement on Late Pension Payments

As already reported, ARICSA is keenly aware of the problems caused to new retirees by the long delayed payment of their first pensions.  Such a delay is unacceptable.  Although the staff of the Pension Fund has been working extremely hard since last August, we are pleased that specific measures are now being put into place to eliminate the backlogs by early June.  We are also hopeful that these measures will improve customer service and deliver the quarterly statements on pension calculations.

ARICSA has also noted that a signficant portion of the delay has sometimes arisen from processing delays in the former organizations and has volunteered to work with the Vienna-based Organizations to help provide any information that separating staff need.

Because of the progress being made, ARICSA sees no value - even a negative value - in taking protest actions, such as the petition currently circulating requesting the removal of the CEO of the Pension Fund.  We recommend that our members not sign this petition.

For the entire statement, please see:  ARICSA Statement on Late Pension Payments.

 

New Allianz Mobile App for filing insurance claims

In March 2016, the possibility to submit claims for reimbursement of pre-paid medical expenses to Allianz Worldwide Care Services by email was expanded, through the announcement below and until further notice, to all UNIDO group medical insurance plans with Allianz.  In addition to the currently available possibilities to submit claims by email and by hardcopy, members now have the option to submit claims by Mobile App, subject to the conditions which currently apply for electronic claiming:

  • Members must submit pictures of the invoice and proof of payment.
  • The principal member remains responsible, for audit purposes, to retain the original invoices for three years after the submission of the claim and, upon request, provide them to Allianz Worldwide Care Services for verification.
  • Only invoices up to the equivalent of EUR 1,000 each may be submitted by Mobile App.  Any invoices exceeding this amount shall continue to be submitted in hard copy.

For more information and to download the Mobile App, please see the Allianz web site: http://www.allianzworldwidecare.com/myhealth

 

ARICSA news: Pension Fund Sets Goals

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2016-03-03 13:41 - (590 Reads)

ARICSA News: 3 March 2016 Pension Fund Sets Goals for Eliminating Backlogs

 
We have received news via our international Federation FAFICS, that the management of the United Nations and the Pension Fund have set goals to eliminate the backlog in processing the pension requests for new retirees by the end of May 2016.  The plan includes an additional task force for processing the requests and an additional help desk for handling inquiries more rapidly.  The plan foresees that 35% of the backlog will be processed by the end of March, 70% by the end of April, and 100% by the end of May.



For the entire announcement, please see Pension Fund Plan.

Additional Invitations:

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day (8 March),
the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna,
in cooperation with the National Committee for UN Women, Austria,
this human world (THW) Film Festival and Topkino,
invites you
to the Ciné-ONU Vienna screening of the movie
“Burden of Peace”
(by Joey Boink / Sander Wirken, Netherlands/Guatemala/Spain 2015, 77 min, OV with Engl. subtitles)
followed by a Q&A session with invited guests, free entry.

 

Date / Time: 7 March 2016, 18:30 hrs

Location: Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna


 

Updates on Pension Issues

Author: FADLAOUI Helen - Published At: 2016-02-22 13:26 - (566 Reads)

Updates on Pension Issues

Last Thursday the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund issued two news items that may be of interest to our members. The full texts of the items are available on the UNJSPF web site (see the links below).

Update on the implementation of the new computer system.

The UNJSPF reports that "the Fund is aware that some recent retirees are experiencing delays in receipt of their new benefit entitlement, and that queries addressed to the Fund are at times not answered as promptly as we would like. We would like you to know that we are vigorously addressing these challenges with all means at our disposal."

"To date six consecutive months of payroll for more than 72,000 retirees and beneficiaries residing in 190 countries have been paid with no interruption, accurately and on time. For the Fund's more than 72,000 beneficiaries and retirees the introduction of IPAS was seamless, with no break in benefits. The IPAS system is working efficiently and effectively, with Pension Fund staff continuously improving their proficiency in the new system. The Fund has already achieved processing rates that are significantly higher than both the previous year's average and the long term average. ..The Fund is confident that the improved processing rates will reduce the IPAS related backlog for new separations."

The complete document also reminds separating staff to ensure that all the required documents are sent by the former organization to the Pension Fund in a timely manner. Only once these required documents have been received by the Fund, will the Fund be able to start the review and processing of your benefit.

see http://www.unjspf.org/UNJSPF_Web/WebEmail/imp/IPASwebsite12Feb2016.pdf

Update on 2015 Annual Statement of Benefit from the Pension Fund

The Pension Fund reported that for new retirees these statements are already being sent, and that for all others who have requested such an annual statement they will begin being sent starting now.

See http://www.unjspf.org/UNJSPF_Web/WebEmail/imp/StatementofBenefits2015_12Feb.pdf

ARICSA news February 2016

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2016-02-04 12:00 - (721 Reads)

ARICSA News: February 2016

First, thank you to all members who have paid their annual dues promptly. Over half of our annual members have already paid their dues for 2016!

Private Meetings with the Health Insurance Providers

On 1 March 2016, representatives of Allianz Worldwide Care will be in Vienna for individual consultations on health insurance matters. In case of interest, you are invited to contact Allianz directly via email : UNIDO-UNOV at allianzworldwidecare.com or via telephone from Austria 0800 1629 1 777.
On 2 - 4 March, representatives of CIGNA will be in Vienna for individual consultations. In case of interest, you are invited to contact CIGNA directly via email: member.iaea at cigna.com or via telephone from Austria 0800 29 33 59.

Updates on Pensions for new retirees
The Pension Fund Secretariat is continuing to work especially hard to come 'up to speed' on processing new pensions, but there is still a backlog of several months. For those new ARICSA members who have not received their pensions after five, six (or occasionally more) months, we recommend two steps: (1) contact the office that handled your separation to ensure that all your papers have been filed properly with the Pension Fund, and (2) at the same time inquire about the possibility of a 'tide over' loan until your first pension arrives - some of the organizations are making such loans available. In urgent cases, although we can also assist, the direct link is through your former organization (specifically the chair of the "Staff Pension Committee" - who is usually the head of the office handling your separation).
On a related issue the Pension Fund is still not issuing the quarterly statements, but will (we hope in a timely way) issue the annual statements that many people need for filing their tax returns.
And on a related tax issue, anyone who has to file a US income tax return will now have to certify on the 1040 form that he/she has health insurance. CIGNA will be sending out the appropriate certificates in February. We haven't heard from Allianz on this topic yet.

Access to the VIC
Access to the VIC by retirees is a privilege that we all need to respect. Retirees should not be found 'wandering around the office floors' (as we were told by some staff). ARICSA negotiated exceptional privileges for retirees several years ago, and these arrangements are still in force, but we need to remember that access, especially with guests is not a right.
As per the VIC Access Control Policy, retired staff members may bring in their spouses without prior announcement.

Approval may be granted for a retiree to sign in other guests (up to 5 persons) provided that the full name of the visitor(s), date and time of arrival are provided to Security Coordinator at the latest on the working day prior to the visitor's arrival at the gate. VICSecurityCoordinator at unvienna.org

Some (non-ARICSA) events
Feburary 8th, 18:30 Ciné-ONU Vienna screening of the movie "The Enemy Within" (by Vivienne Parry, UK 2012, 69 min, English) followed by a Q&A session with invited guests, free entry.
(Please note: there is no reserved seating - admission is first come, first served; free tickets are distributed at Topkino prior to the screening).In the documentary "The Enemy Within" the science journalist and author Vivienne Parry tells the incredible story of our fight against cancer over the last 50 years. Through the eyes of scientists, researchers and patients, we see how far we have come and how far we have to go. Including contributions from Professor Robert Weinberg, Professor Umberto Veronesi, Lord Ara Darzi, Cancer Research UK, David Nathan, Brian Druker and many more.

Carnival Procession in the Prater February 6th, 16:00
Have some fun to end Fasching!

Orchid Display in the Blumengarten Hirschstetten

Enjoy the colors (and the warm air!) in the glass houses of the Blumengarten facility
20 - 28 February


Best regards

ARICSA Office
VIC, Room A0401
Wagramer Strasse 5, A-1400 Vienna, Austria
tel: +43 1 2600 26116 office at aricsa.org


Articles from before 2016 follow with titles only


Information from the President

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2015-07-30 10:35 - (734 Reads)

Note from the ARICSA President following the FAFICS Meeting at the end of July

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Newsletter No 76

Author: FADLAOUI Helen - Published At: 2015-06-01 13:51 - (862 Reads)

Newsletter No 76 is now available

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UNJSPF Presentation

Author: BARTON Jerry - Published At: 2014-10-02 17:30 - (870 Reads)

Presentation by UNJSPF Secretariat

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2014 "Austrian Tax Seminar for Retirees"

Author: Jerry Barton, ARICSA President - Published At: 2014-03-04 00:17 - (645 Reads)

The 2014 "Austrian Tax Seminar for Retirees", co-sponsored by UNFCU and ARICSA, held March 27th

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Many Thanks!

Author: Jerry Barton, ARICSA President - Published At: 2014-01-02 18:00 - (687 Reads)
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Consider joining ARICSA

To former staff of UN system organizations who are resident in Austria, consider joining ARICSA (click Join or Renew membership at left or open Member's area tab above). We strive to provide active support of your needs. To all of you who are already members, thank you very much for the support you have given your association and the trust you have placed in me to lead this organization.
-From the President's Desk





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