Monday, March 13, 2006

Bologna meets the meat grinder

(Via Powerline) Check out Kofi Annan meeting with the United Nations Staff Union to explain a little downsizing:
The figurative booing from the international community about U.N. corruption is nothing compared to the literal booing that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan heard this week. It came from the headquarters staff packed into a meeting in Conference Room 4 at Turtle Bay in New York City. As he walked in, deafening booing greeted him, and it continued periodically during the hour-long meeting with nearly 1,000 headquarters managers and staffers.
Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.
When a printing department manager explained that Kinko’s could never replace his talented staff, Annan wondered aloud, “What is Kinko’s?” Staff throughout the packed room groaned.

Annan “reassured” the “international civil servants” that “no one will lose their jobs” in his plan for downsizing and outsourcing or moving certain responsibilities offshore. A few minutes later, he declared –– with a straight face and calm voice amid raucus laughter: “Buyouts won’t result in loss of personnel.” Besides, his plan will allow “those folks whose skills are no longer needed to leave with dignity.”

Got it? No jobs will be lost, but those who lose their jobs will be treated with dignity. The staff members were not comforted nor were they dignified as they yelled, pounded the tables, laughed at and made fun of the Secretary-General.
Kind of like me and I don't even work there. More hilarity by following the link.