Industrial and Service Sector Policy

Creating future-proof jobs

Unia fights to ensure and create good working conditions and future-proof jobs in the individual sectors.

Ongoing structural change

Switzerland’s economic sectors are undergoing ongoing structural change, with new jobs being created, others being moved abroad and yet others disappearing entirely. How can structural change be influenced in such a way as to create jobs and secure good working conditions? To address this challenge, Unia has formulated individual policies for the manufacturing and services sectors.

Swiss industrial sector top in terms of share of GDP

The industrial sector in Switzerland accounts for the highest share of GDP than in any other western Europe country. The central tenet of Unia's industrial policy is: investment. Investment in the future and in training and research is the key to creating new jobs. The document entitled «Wir fordern eine aktive Industriepolitik» (PDF) sets out recommendations for a new approach to the changing economic and social environment.

Outlook for the hospitality sector

The hospitality sector is suffering from structural problems. As a social partner of the collective labour agreement for the hospitality sector, Unia seeks to improve working conditions and shape the sector's development. The publication  «Perspektiven im Gastgewerbe» (PDF) recommends ways in which the hospitality sector can ensure good working conditions and resolve structural problems by exploiting untapped potential.

Adding value to jobs in the retail industry

With 320,000 employees, the retail industry is the second largest sector in Switzerland. Stress is a major factor in retail jobs, and working conditions are difficult. In «Die Branche Detailhandel», Unia recommends ways in which to add value to jobs in the retail sector.

Renaissance of industrial policy?

Is industrial policy heading for a renaissance, and is there a progressive industrial and regional economic policy? The Denknetz think tank addresses these questions in «Industriepolitik in Europa».