Agreement at the 2020 salary negotiations

On 30 October and 7 November, the Roche Employees’ Association (AVR) met Roche management to conduct the salary negotiations for the year 2020. One of the arguments put forward by the AVR was the good result that Roche achieved in the first nine months of this year, during which time the company’s sales increased by 12 percent. At the same time, the AVR also underlined the high level of commitment of Roche’s employees, whose personal efforts have contributed to the good result: “They work hard and they are also under a lot of pressure due to the transformation,” stressed AVR President Adnan Tanglay. Roche management countered that the company had to prepare itself for the future and that inflation would be lower next year than originally presumed.

According to Adnan Tanglay, the negotiations were “honest and at a high level”. The AVR and management ultimately agreed to increase the payroll for Roche employees in Switzerland by 1.15 percent with effect from 1 April 2020. This is slightly less than last year, when a general pay rise of 1.2 percent was agreed. Accordingly, the AVR sees this as an “acceptable” result – particularly given that management came closer to the AVR’s demands and the payroll increase represents a rise in real pay due to the lower rate of inflation.