Generalities concerning the ‘CLA’

Definition

Under Art. 356, Para. 1 of the ‘CoO’, employers or the employers organisations and the trade unions set up common regulations concerning the conclusion, content and notice of termination of individual contracts of employment for their member- employers and employees. Such contracts of employment thus exist on a level superior to the individual business concerned.

Initiation and notice of termination

A ‘CLA’ is initiated by an agreed mutual expression of intent by the parties (comp. Art. 1 of the ‘CoO’). The conclusion of such an agreement is to have the written form for its validity (comp. Art. 356c, Para. 1 of the ‘CoO’).

A ‘CLA’ is terminated by the giving of ordinary- or extraordinary notice of termination, by means of an abrogation agreement or, upon expiry when the duration is fixed.