Public service union steps up actions on pay around the country

Switzerland

The vpod/ssp public service union is having a busy autumn with a wide range of actions around the country as it increases its efforts to protect and improve pay. Public service workers in Bern had a pay increase of only 0.5% in 2023 and have been offered only 2% for 2024, ignoring union protests and a petition with 16,195 signatures. A further petition will be handed over on 16 November and action is planned for 4 December. In Dübendorf, over 70% of the permanent workforce signed a petition calling for a fair and transparent wage system and cost-of-living adjustment for 2023. The vpod in Fribourg has organised a petition and protest action for 14 November calling for a wage increase of 4%, having been offered only 2.3% by the local administration. On the same day staff in Geneva will take strike action over pay and in Jura the union will be mobilising against the Canton’s austerity proposals. The vpod/ssp roundup includes further reports of the situation in Lucerne, Neuchâtel, St. Gallen, Vaud and Zurich.

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