I am working with a number of colleagues from the UK and Europe on a short mission in Afghanistan. Our employer is the EU. They pay a pro-rarter salary which is OK. They also pay us a 'per-diem' or allowance for board and lodging. If we have to find our own board and lodging we pay for it from this. On this occasion we are confined to UN camp for security reasons. The EU do not pay the UN for this accommodation but still deduct the per-de um from our overall remuneration package. It is taken out before even receive it. They will not let us deal individually with the UN, just saying it is part of an overall package involving all sorts of other resources with the UN to essentially deal with a particular issue involving elections i.e. an audit of all the ballots from the last presidential election. We have protested. The EU man in Kabul says they cant do anything about this except offer us an extra 35 euro per night hardship allowance. We are very dissatisfied with this because other organizations e.g. UN, doing the same job as us are paying their personnel much, much more. I can investigate the law myself if someone can point me in the right direction. I feel there must be some European backed law about the payment of allowances and expenses that may help me challenge this. Thanks. Jeff XXXX
I don't think you can help. Kindly return my money.