Micarna employees suspend strike for negotiations

Micarna employees suspend strike for negotiations

Wed, Mar 6th 2024

Micarna employees in Ecublens pause their five-day strike to engage in talks, aiming for a resolution over the site’s closure and job concerns.


After a five-day strike, Micarna employees in Ecublens in the canton of Vaud resumed work on Wednesday. After the canton initiated conciliation proceedings, they unanimously decided to suspend the strike for the duration of the talks.

The elected staff delegation is pleased to finally be able to sit down at the same table with Migros together with the Unia trade union. Unia announced on Wednesday. This had been the staff’s main demand from the outset, long before the strike.

The proceedings before the Office guarantee the collective handling of the dispute. Unia also points out that it continues to prohibit the employer from using any kind of individual repression and coercion against the employees who took part in the strike.

The first hearing before the cantonal office for mediation and arbitration in labor disputes is scheduled for Monday. It is currently impossible to say how many meetings will be necessary, Unia secretary Arnaud Bouverat told the Keystone-SDA news agency.

The workforce has been on strike since last Thursday to protest against the planned closure of the Ecublens site. The Migros Group wants to concentrate meat processing at fewer locations, in particular at its headquarters in Courtepin in the canton of Fribourg.

As there were no signs of an easing of the labor dispute, the cantonal government initiated conciliation proceedings. Vaud’s Director of Economic Affairs, Isabelle Moret (FDP), told the Grand Council on Tuesday that her departments had been in talks with the parties involved for several days. As no agreement was in sight, the State Council had decided to appeal to the cantonal arbitration board.

Hardened Fronts

The trade union Unia and the employees it represents consider the social plan proposed by the company to be inadequate. Migros, on the other hand, says that the employees’ demands can be met within the framework of the planned social plan, which goes beyond the standards in the industry.

The retailer is also arguing that Unia is not a social partner of Migros and is therefore not relevant to the negotiations. Migros’ two long-standing social partners, the Kaufmännische Verband Schweiz and the Metzgereipersonal-Verband der Schweiz, accuse Unia of trying to make political capital on the backs of employees.


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