The approximately 1,200 couriers of the food delivery service Smood will receive better working conditions, as the Syndicom union announced on Thursday. Syndicom and Smood had negotiated a collective labor agreement (GAV) after months of conflict. Among other things, it stipulates a minimum wage.
Syndicom announced that the contract was presented to the affected employees for consultation on Thursday morning. The union writes of “intense and difficult discussions”. However, agreement has been reached on a strong and fair social partnership, and Smood is setting a good example for other players in the industry.
Among other things, the collective employment contract stipulates a minimum wage of 23 francs per hour and a 5 percent surcharge for Sunday work. In addition, the couriers must not be called on for less than two hours and are guaranteed at least four hours per week. A right of co-determination is also provided for.
The Unia union, on the other hand, criticized in a statement that it had learned on Thursday that a CLA had been concluded with Smood without the employees having been correctly consulted and informed beforehand.
Unia was also amazed that the provisions of the CLA were far removed from the recommendations of the Chamber for Collective Labor Relations of the Canton of Geneva. She wants to subject the provisions of the CLA to a close examination.
Unia and its members at Smood, including 80, who had been on strike for 36 days to improve their situation, were not involved in the process and were not informed about the content of the new GAV, it said.
Smood is now planning a vote on his app. Employees were only given two days to respond individually to the employer. This approach does not allow correct information and puts pressure on the employees, especially since the survey does not guarantee data protection.
In French-speaking Switzerland, the labor conflict had escalated. Couriers went on strike in eleven cities for five weeks. An arbitration procedure initiated by the canton of Geneva failed at the beginning of the year. Smood then promised a number of improvements.