Switzerland has a strong, innovative industry. The machinery, electrical and metal industry and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are the largest sectors and both are strongly export-oriented. More than half of Swiss exports are chemical and pharmaceutical products. The MEM industry is the largest industrial employer. In both sectors, Angestellte Schweiz is a long-standing social partner of the companies.

The Machinery, Electrical and Metal Industry (MEM)

The machinery, electrical and metal industry is one of Switzerland's most important export sectors with great innovative and charismatic power. Skilled workers are urgently needed. As a social partner, Employees Switzerland advocates attractive working conditions.

The Machinery, Electrical and Metal Industry (MEM) provides jobs for over 100,000 employees. Skilled workers are urgently needed.

The progressive collective employment agreement (CEA) strengthens the MEM industry and secures jobs. Nevertheless, skilled workers are in urgent demand.

As the largest social partner of the MEM industry, we are committed to sustainable, attractive working conditions.

We train skilled workers

With the MEM-Passerelle 4.0, the social partners of the MEM industry offer a third way to re-skill and recruit skilled workers.

Professionals can gain a new qualification in a MEM occupation. Companies benefit from an alternative way to recruit and develop skilled workers.

MEM-Passerelle: learn more (in German)

Discover the CEA of the MEM industry

Chemical and pharmaceutical industry

The chemicals and pharmaceuticals generates roughly 50% of total annual exports and 5% of GDP. There are approximately 1,000 industry operators, including two major multinationals


Social partner in companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

We maintain a social partnership with various companies. Together we agree on the employment conditions of the company. Economic and social developments can thus be quickly adapted to the company in question. The terms and conditions of employment are thus always in line with the times and industry-specific.


Companies value our expertise

We provide non-binding advice to companies on the possibilities of a company cooperation. We also offer our expertise as a social partner and advise companies on issues relating to employment and personnel regulations.

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