About Us

Unia is the largest trade union in Switzerland. It organises employees in the following sectors of the Swiss private economy: industrial, craft, construction and services. It collectively represents the interests of all employees and offers its members individual advice, legal protection and further services. It also operates the largest unemployment fund in Switzerland. Unia is a member of the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions.

Structure

Unia has more than 200,000 members. It is organised in 14 regions with 43 sections and has around 110 local offices. Unia has signed 300 collective labour agreements, from which some 1.3 million workers benefit.

Unia is politically active and is committed to a fair and just society. With this goal in mind, it has launched various people's initiatives and referenda and also organises rallies and demonstrations.

Unemployment fund

In Switzerland, it is everybody’s right to choose the unemployment fund of their preference in the case of unemployment. The independent Unia unemployment fund operates around 68 payment offices around Switzerland. In 2016 it paid out more than CHF 1 billion in unemployment benefits.