Member Mail 11 / 2021

Calendar Campaign
Claiming Rights
Stress and Short-time Work

Dear colleagues

The industry seems to be slowly recovering despite the fact that Covid-19 is still wreaking havok, the US have relaxed their border regulations and can be approached again, and Swiss is already making a profit in the 3rd quarter of 2021. At the same time, the industry is finally becoming publicly aware that measures to reduce emissions and protect the climate are not unnecessary obstacles to development, but cornerstones for future mobility in the air. The dawn is looming!

SEV-GATA, your union in the aviation industry, is not resting. At the moment, we receive a constant flow of questions from our members about the modalities of the "ramp up", exit calculations, the workload during short-time work and many other issues.

Calendar Campaign
Our traditional calendar campaign will take place again this year. Our popular SEV-GATA desk calendars (suitable for the workplace at your company or at home) are distributed differently due to Covid, but we will still be present on site as follows:

  • Zurich SWISS, Obstgartenstrasse: Monday, November 15, 2021
  • Zurich SWISS, Airside: Friday, December 17, 2021
  • Zurich SWISSPORT: Thursday, December 2, 2021
  • Basel SWISS: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Claiming Rights
Unions have the right to be in contact with colleagues and have access to their workplace. Of course, it is important to take operational processes into account, comply with safety regulations and not disrupt operations unnecessarily. While HR / Management Boards are usually aware of this right and hardly question it, team leaders and middle management members often struggle with it. This is what happened at Swiss recently, as our union secretary Sheila Belometti wanted to come in for a visit on site.

A social partnership is based on contracts (CLA). All parties involved must comply with the mutual rights and obligations, including the companies.

Contrary instructions from employers in violation of the law, contracts or “FOCA regulations” are to be refused strictly – with appropriate justification and notification of the responsible authorities (and CC to Enable JavaScript to view protected content.). Compliance with safety regulations is and will remain a cornerstone for the future of this industry – in the interest of employees, passengers, and the company.

Stress and Short-time Work
The countless inquiries we receive from our members have revealed the severe insecurity among them. We have received reports from various companies stating that colleagues have to tackle a workload that is simply impossible to handle within the allotted time frame. Apparently, some colleagues are "required" to complete work for the company in their free time or when they have reported short-time work. This is unacceptable. We intervened accordingly at various companies. In order to discover specific cases, we ask for specific feedback. At Swiss, there is also an internal procedure led by the Peko (please send a CC to Enable JavaScript to view protected content.).

SEV-GATA, your union stays tuned – for your interests. Many members are currently relying on our advice and support. Pass this on to your colleagues.

Membership is triple-worthy:

  • to strengthen the collective representation of interests as a union
  • a wide range of services for each member – individual and personal
  • a bonus of 50 francs for those who recruit new members.

Thank you for your solidarity – it is in your best interest!

Warmest regards,

Philipp Hadorn, President

SEV-GATA, your union in the aviation industry!
Philipp Hadorn, President GATA: SEV-Aviation
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