Switzerland – CFF and social partners reach agreement

The former federal government and the staff associations have agreed on the cost-saving measures that will take effect on May 1.

The drop in rail traffic linked to the Covid-19 pandemic has forced CFF to adopt cost-saving measures.


After intense negotiations, CFF and the social partners reached an agreement on decisive cost reduction measures for the staff. These will take effect on May 1, 2021. The parties have also agreed to extend the collective labor agreement (CLA) for three years from May 1, 2022. Both parties are satisfied with the result.

Of these measures, 0.3% of SBB payroll will be used for individual pay measures for employees in the lower requirement levels of the CTC (originally 0.9% was agreed to All the personnel). No single part linked to the service will be paid for the past year in the event of very good results in the evaluations of CCT personnel.

CFF employees with a CCT contract whose employment relationship has been uninterrupted since at least July 1, 2020 and continues at least until May 31, will receive a one-off exceptional bonus of 200 francs – respectively 100 francs for employed persons. at a rate of less than 50 per cent – in 2021. The former federal government renounces the abolition of vacation days for 2021. The implementation of wage measures and the payment of the single premium will take place in May 2021. The Parties further agreed to extend the 2019 CLA for three years from May 1, 2022.

“Realistic” solution

“The negotiations were difficult, but they ended with a solution that was realistic and acceptable to all parties”, comments Markus Jordi, Head of Human Resources at SBB. These cost-cutting measures are a response to the tight financial situation of SBB.

Barbara Spalinger, head of negotiations for the social partners and vice-president of the transport workers union SEV, adds: “In these times of financial and economic uncertainty, the extension of the collective labor agreement and the protection it provides against dismissal for economic reasons represents a great value for the employees, giving them stability, security and perspective. ”

Consequence of the Covid

CFF’s financial situation is very tight due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The Confederation and Parliament have adopted an emergency message to cushion the loss of revenue linked to the coronavirus for transport companies in areas eligible for compensation. On the other hand, CFF itself bears the loss of revenue in the areas of mainline traffic and real estate, which is not compensated.


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