19 September 2005
Swisscom and the unions have reached agreement on a new collective contract and social plan. Both will run for at least two years and will continue to provide Swisscom employees with attractive terms and conditions of employment and a constructive social partnership. The contracts have still to be endorsed by the social partners' decision-making bodies.
The terms of the new contract remain largely unchanged, in particular the 40-hour week and five weeks' annual leave for all employees. Changes include new provisions concerning terms and conditions for temporary staff, the introduction of two weeks' paternity leave, and the payment of a full child allowance also to single parents employed on a part-time basis with a low number of working hours. The social partnership also takes account of Swisscom's business development and the possibility of new companies emerging within the Swisscom Group.
In addition to the collective employment contract, Swisscom and the unions have negotiated a new social plan. Like with the hitherto plan, it provides for the implementation of possible restructuring measures in a socially responsible manner. The new social plan also reflects the commitment of the social partners to further strengthen their past efforts with regard to the implementation of alternatives to redundancies.
The social plan uses instruments similar to those used until now. The key element remains the programme offered by Swisscom subsidiary PersPec AG to help employees affected by redundancy to look for new employment. The measures employed will focus increasingly on the special needs of certain employee groups, notably those of older employees.
Following conclusion of the negotiations, the collective employment contract and the social plan still have to be endorsed by the decision-making bodies of the social partners. The final decisions will be made by the end of October of this year.