"The proven social partnership and innovative co-operation between the associations are important advantages of Switzerland in global competition."

The Contracting Parties of the CEA

The social partners are the contracting parties of the Collective Employment Agreement (CEA). Every five years the CEA is negotiated between the social partners and improved for a further period.

The associations support and accompany the enterprises in putting the provisions into practice. The social partners discuss questions of common interest, establish joint institutions and prepare suitable information resources.

Working Groups plan the Future

Special committees and working groups work on matters of common interest. 

  • Education and Training
  • Equal treatment for both sexes
  • Health Provision and Safety at Work
  • Flexible retirement and part-time work for senior citizens