Switzerland - Protests in construction sector continue - November 30, 2018

After ongoing negotiations on a new collective agreement for the construction sector, that have been ongoing this year, remained deadlocked multiple strike actions were organised last month (see our October newsletter). The striking workers wanted to give out a strong signal against the massive attacks on the builders’ collective agreement. They demand 300 additional flexible working hours and for a pension starting at the age of 60. The background of the strike action is the Landskraft contract for the construction industry, which expires at the end of the year. The unions complain that although a solution to secure the pension at age 60 is on the table, the construction workers would pay the cost of the renovation if the workers don’t in return the master builders paid a decent wage increase. But the builders' association was only prepared to implement this solution if the unions agreed to a clear cut in the state coat-of-arms agreement.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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