Open dialogue enhances trust between employees and the employer
The employee representatives and Corporate Executive Board maintain close contact with each other. Since 1996, Swiss Life has had a European Works Council (Art. 13 of Council Directive 94/45/EC of the European Parliament and Council). The nine-person “Europa Forum”, a committee comprising delegates from four countries, meets regularly with representatives of the Corporate Executive Board at ordinary and extraordinary meetings. It deals with transnational information and consultation on topics which affect all Swiss Life employees. There was an in-depth discussion in 2016 on the “Swiss Life 2018” Group-wide programme.
- One agreement concerning “simplified recording of working hours”, which entered into force on 1 April 2016.
Seven agreements in 2016:
- Union law
- Equality of women and men at the workplace
- Prevention of psychosocial risks
- Four agreements concerning employee benefits
Swiss Life Germany
In 2016, seven works agreements were reached between the Executive board and the Works Council on the following topics for which co-determination is mandatory:
- New regulation of occupational pensions, surviving dependants’ benefits and occupational disability insurance with low employee contribution
- Summary and optimisation of seven individual regulations concerning “Regulations of working hours” in one framework agreement
- Summary of individual regulations concerning e-learning programmes in a framework agreement on “e-learning platforms”
- “Private internet use” for employees (up to 15 minutes a day) connected with the desire to use social media platforms as brand ambassadors for Swiss Life
- “Regulation of basic salary increases in 2016 for non-pay-scale employees”
- Regulation concerning the “Rollout of new service contracts, company cars and mobile devices” for broker sales force
- Regulation concerning “Rollout and use of personnel administration software”
Corpus Sireo, Germany
Works agreements 2016:
- Asset Management Residential GmbH: Availability and recording project time
- Reconciliation of interests/redundancy agreement Garching
- Access control Berlin
- Subsidisation of glasses and other visual aids
- Online-learning management system
In the Luxembourg financial sector as well as in the insurance sector, salary agreements are signed at sector level. The most recent agreement was concluded in June 2015 between employee and employer representatives for a period of three years. Swiss Life played an active role in these negotiations, seeking to reconcile the rights of employees with those of the employer. The goal was to maintain provisions for employees while enhancing cost control for the employer and further developing performance-based remuneration.
Nine members; the chairwoman enjoys 20% work dispensation for work on the staff committee, the vice chairwoman 15% and the members 10%.
73 part time members
Swiss Life Germany
Works Council Internal Services (responsible for German branch in Garching as well as SLPM, Swiss Life Asset Managers and Swiss Life Invest):
- Eleven members, two of them with 50% work dispensation for Works Council activities (Works Council chair and speaker of the PR committee), nine members with no dispensation
Works Council Sales Force (responsible for intermediary distribution at branch office):
- Seven persons: Six members without dispensation and one with 50% dispensation (Works Council chair Sales Force)
Central works council (responsible for Internal Services and Sales Force):
- Five people (two representatives of Works Council Internal Services, two representatives of Works Council Sales Force, one representative of the severely handicapped)
Corpus Sireo, Germany
- Asset Management Commercial GmbH: nine (seven full-time, two part-time)
- Asset Management Residential GmbH: three (two full-time, one part-time)
- Holding GmbH: five (five full-time)
- Group works council: six
The number of employee representatives and the time required for their work are directly proportional to the number of employees. In the Global Solutions area in Luxembourg, the current employee representation consists of four ordinary representatives and four deputies. The employee representatives have at their disposal a total of 16 hours a week to perform their mandate.
There is also employee representation at Corpus Sireo in Luxembourg.