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Switzerland - Staffing industry collective bargaining agreement declared nationally binding

16 December 2011

The government of Switzerland (Federal Council) has declared the existing collective bargaining agreement (Convention Collective in French or Gesamtarbeitsvertrag in German) in the agency temporary employment sector as nationally binding for all staffing agencies in the country, which have a payroll of at least 1.2 million Swiss Francs (980,000 Euro). 

Staffing agencies will have to pay agency temporary employees minimum hourly wages of between 16.46 Swiss Francs and 23.59 Swiss Francs, depending on qualification. 

Agency temporary employees will have to work for 42 hours per week. Agency temporary employees, who are aged 50 and over, will be entitled to five weeks holidays per annum. The staffing agency will have to insure all temporary employees for sick pay. 

The collective bargaining agreement for the agency temporary employment sector will override other collective bargaining agreements, which might exist in the sector the final hirer of an agency temporary employee operates in. 

If an existing collective bargaining agreement in the sector of the final hirer has equally been declared nationally binding by the government or if an existing collective bargaining agreement in the industry of the final hirer is mentioned in the collective bargaining agreement for agency temporary employees, rates of pay, working hours, holidays, bank holidays and pension arrangements of the final hirer's collective bargaining agreement shall apply. 

The collective bargaining agreement will become nationally binding on 1 January 2012 but there will be a transitional period of three months during which staffing agencies cannot be fined for non-compliance.

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