Switzerland - A strike for and by women - August 17, 2010

The SGB/USS trade union confederation has expressed its solidarity with the cleaners on strike against the ISS multinational that operates at Geneva airport. The company has ignored two collective agreements and reduced pay rates for the cleaners. The SGB/USS has underlined the importance of the dispute and its implications for defending pay and conditions and preventing a spread of wage dumping. The organising VPÖD-SSP union argues that the Geneva authorities, that own the airport, should insist on ISS to comply with the collective agreements or ban the company from operating at the airport. The cleaners have been involved for over five weeks in what VPÖD-SSP president, Katharina Prelicz-Huber, has called “a strike for and by women”.

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375; http://www.epsu.org/cob/374

French: http://www.ssp-vpod.ch/actualites/nouvelles.html;

German: http://www.vpod.ch/aktuell/nachrichten.html


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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