The CEA for the MEM-industry (July 2018)
Commentary on the Collective Employment Agreement 2018-2023 from december 2018 (in German)
Supplementary Agreement to the Collective Employment Agreement 2019 (in German)
Commentary on the Collective Employment Agreement 2018-2023 from december 2018 (in French)
Supplementary Agreement to the Collective Employment Agreement 2020 (in French)
The collective employment agreement (CEA) for Switzerland’s mechanical and electrical engineering industries guarantees the employees of the signatory companies good and modern working conditions. In return, they commit to uphold absolute industrial peace. This means that operations may not be disrupted by any form of industrial action. Industrial peace is a key advantage for Switzerland as a location for industry. It can tip the balance in investment decisions in favour of choosing Switzerland as a base.
The CEA for the MEM industries thus contributes to the positive progress of these industries and to the welfare of the employees and employers who form their backbone. Pivotal to this is the principle of good faith. This obligates the contractual parties to recognize and show empathy for each other’s interests.
The current CEA for the MEM industries came into effect on 1 July 2018 and is valid until 30 June 2023. It currently applies to around half of the more than 1,100 Swissmem member companies. The contracting partners are the ASM (Swissmem), employee associations Employees Switzerland, Kaufmännischer Verband and Schweizer Kader Organisation, plus the Unia and Syna trade unions. Detailed information on the social partnership system and the CEA can be found at www.sozialpartner.ch.