Switzerland -Creative campaigning leads to social plan -August 13, 2012

Merck Serono employees in Geneva accepted a Memorandum of Understanding that was reached in bargaining between worker representatives, trade union UNIA, and management of the pharmaceuticals giant, under the mediation of Geneva authorities. Workers had renewed strike action in early August as the company refused to improve the social plan, in one of the largest industrial action campaigns in recent history (see our June Newsletter). The decision to close the sites in Geneva and Coisins was not reversed, but gains were won enabling early retirement of older employees, on good terms. Minimum redundancy payments were increased. A special fund was created for compensation for temporary workers and subcontractors. Workers are released from work for one month to look for another job. Also achieved was the commitment from Merck Serono to support the creation of a biotechnology institute, under certain conditions.

English: http://www.industriall-union.org/conflict-at-merck-serono-switzerland ...

French (detailed archive): http://www.unia.ch/Meldungen.6267.0.html?&L=1

German (detailed archive): http://www.unia.ch/Meldungen.6267.0.html


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