Early delivery: Swiss Post and unions reach agreement on CEC

Press release dated 18.12.2009

Swiss Post and the trade unions Kommunikation, transfair and comedia have agreed on a collective employment contract (CEC) for the early delivery of newspapers. Thanks to the CEC the employees are covered by a collective contract negotiated by the social partners. Around 10,000 employees of Presto Presse-Vertriebs AG will be subject to the CEC. Presto is a subsidiary of Swiss Post, into which the early delivery organizations of Tamedia and NZZ have been merged. The CEC will enter into force on 1 March 2010.

The Presto CEC administers the early delivery of newspapers, which has so far not been very clearly regulated in terms of labour law, and where employees usually only work for one or two hours a day. The CEC negotiated by the four parties entails noticeable improvements in terms of social security for early delivery carriers. For instance, employees who are unable to work as a result of illness will be entitled to 80% of their average salary for a period of two years. Employees who work less than eight hours per week will also be insured against non-occupational accidents. In addition, employees who meet the corresponding statutory requirements will be included in the Swiss Post pension fund.

Involvement

Furthermore, new regulations provide for involvement of the social partners in the annual salary measures. The CEC has been concluded for three years, and the contractual parties will conduct negotiations for its renewal within the appropriate period of notice before it expires. The CEC applies to all employees who work in the early delivery segment. The senior management, managers and administrative staff of Presto Presse-Vertriebs AG are not subject to this CEC.