Mar. 02, 2017 (March 2017) The vpod public services union says that unions need to resist proposals from a national commission for further deregulation of working time. The union warns that it the commission's recommendations are implemented this will lead to more overtime, more night work and more Sunday working. Vpod has also attacked the idea that certain categories of senior managers and specialists should be exempt from working time rules.
Feb. 17, 2017 (February 2017) The vpod public service union has won a court case against the Canton of Zürich which had refused to recognise the trade union as a negotiating partner, agreeing only to negotiate with the VPV federation of unions that vpod had been a member of over10 years ago. The union says it will continue to defend its right to negotiate even if the Canton appeals the case to the federal or European court.
Oct. 07, 2016 (October 2016) The vpod/ssp publicservices union has called a national action day on 3 November in protest at inadequate staffing, increasingly precarious working conditions and attacks on collective agreements in hospitals. The demands also include a fairer pay system and unfreezing of pay. The union is also critical of the new system of hospital financing and is calling for better services rather than higher hospital profits.
Sep. 05, 2016 (September 2016) The vpod/ssp public services union is joining others in the federal public sector to call for negotiations over pay increases in 2017. The unions have reacted to government figures showing that the budget outcome for 2016 will be a surplus rather than the forecast deficit and the unions argue that this means that the proposed pay freeze for 2017 needs to be withdrawn and a pay rise negotiated.
Feb. 29, 2016 Workers at the Vaud university hospital in Lausanne have called for a CHFr 4000 minimum monthly salary. The SSP public services union argues that the bottom three levels of the pay scale should be abolished as it is impossible to live on a salary of less than CHFr 4000 (EUR 3670). The workers affected are mainly cleaning, catering and transport staff, some of whom have been with the hospital for many years. The workers will make their case again at the hospital general meeting in March and then decide what further action to take.Read more at > SPP (FR)
Jan. 29, 2016 After seven days of strike action and several demonstrations public sector workers in Geneva canton have managed to get the authorities back to the negotiating table. The canton had threatened to increase working hours, increase part-time employment, freeze recruitment and reduce redundancy rights as part of a raft of measures to cut public spending. These measures are now on hold at least until 21 March during which time negotiations over the proposed budget cuts will take place.Read more at > SSP/VPOD (FR)
Dec. 18, 2015 Trade unions representing employees of the Geneva canton, including EPSU affiliate VPOD/SSP, have taken further strike action against the authority's proposed cuts package. The unions are protesting not just against planned job and pay cuts and increase working hours but also on the social impact of the budget cuts for Geneva's citizens. Around 10000 people joined a demonstration against the austerity measures earlier this month and a further rally followed on 15 December.Read more at > SSP (FR)And at > VPOD (DE)
Nov. 26, 2015 The SSP/VPOD public service union is one of a number of unions that have taken strike action against cuts proposed by the government of the Geneva canton (region). The unions are protesting against planned cuts that would see pay reduced by 5% over the next three years, a freeze on recruitment, an increase in the working week from 40 to 42 hours and 1800 job cuts. The unions argue that nothing like this has been seen since the 1930s. The initial strike action was suspended in the expectation of revised proposals from the regional government but it has yet to come up with any alternatives further strikes are likely from the beginning of December.Read more at > SSP (FR))And at > VPOD (DE)
Sep. 24, 2015 The vpod public services union is planning to mobilise against the plans by the Geneva regional authority to implement deep cuts in public spending. The union argues that these measures are an attack on public sector workers as well as citizens and will seriously undermined public services. Among the many proposed changes to workers' conditions are a two-hour increase in the working week and weaker job protection rules. Read more at > vpod (FR)
Aug. 14, 2015 The Federal negotiating committee, of which the VPOD public services union is a member, has strongly criticised the proposed Federal budget which will impact on the pay of Federal government workers. The committee has rejected the budget and called for negotiations. One of the main changes is the increased role for performance-related pay in salaries, with union concern that the changes will increased the pay gap in the public sector between the high and low paid and the old and young. The unions are also concerned that pensions changes will hit the lower paid, making it more difficult for them to take early retirement, even when early retirement the result of restructuring rather than personal choice.Read more at > VPOD (DE)
Oct. 31, 2014 The vpod public services union and its confederation, the SGB, have welcomed proposals by the federal government to require companies to report on gender pay. However, the unions are concerned that the legislation is too weak and fails to include any obligation to tackle the gender pay gap and nothing in the way of an effective monitoring and investigatory body. The unions also want to ensure that public administration will also be covered by the legislation.Read more at > vpod (DE)
Sep. 18, 2014 Protests by the the Vpod public services union, along with other staff unions at the Winterthur city council were successful in getting the council to reject a proposal to cut city workers' pay by 2%. Over 300 workers joined the demonstration before the crucial vote. The Vpod welcomed the victory but recognised that it still had work to do to challenge other cuts being proposed by the Council.[Read more at > Vpod (DE)->http://www.vpod.ch/aktuell/nachrichten/ansicht/article/erfolg-in-winterthur-lohnkuerzung-vorerst-vom-tisch.html?tx_ttnews=34&cHash=f0f58451ba17b5e3b55bec149843e55c[
Jun. 26, 2014 The vpod/ssp public service union reports that the gender pay gap in the public sector is 13.6% on average but rises to 18.6% when comparing lower paid occupations. In the health sector the size of the pay gap is reversed with women higher up the pay scale getting 13.7% less than men while the pay gap at the bottom of the pay scale is 5.4%. The union concedes that public sector employers have shown more willingness to discuss pay inequality than private sector employers, however, they have generally failed to undertake a proper examination of the extent of the pay gap.Read more at > vpod (DE)And at > ssp (FR)
Apr. 30, 2014 The vpod/ssp public services union is calling for a "yes" vote in the referendum on introducing a statutory minimum wage. The vote takes place on 18 May and the vpod/ssp believes that the introduction of a minimum wage will be a positive step towards reducing the gender pay gap. It also sees it as important to protect pay in parts of the private sector where there is less coverage of collective agreements, including former public services that have been privatised. Read more at > vpod/ssp (DE)And at > vpod/ssp (FR)