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I searched for this but did not find an answer, perhaps I used the wrong search terms or perhaps because it is a rare occurrence.

As part of a reorganization my employer has transferred me to a different department doing a completely different job that the one that I was recruited for and for which I am over qualified. I am told that I have no choice in the matter. The pay is the same, but it is the kind of work that I was doing 15 years ago and I have moved far beyond that level.

About 20 of us were called to a meeting, told that were were great employees and then told that we would be doing different jobs as of Monday. We are all in similar situations. They have not even given us formal job descriptions - less than 10 words to say where we will work.

Has anyone heard of such a thing in Switzerland?
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Old 02.06.2013, 10:23
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I searched for this but did not find an answer, perhaps I used the wrong search terms or perhaps because it is a rare occurrence.

As part of a reorganization my employer has transferred me to a different department doing a completely different job that the one that I was recruited for and for which I am over qualified. I am told that I have no choice in the matter. The pay is the same, but it is the kind of work that I was doing 15 years ago and I have moved far beyond that level.

About 20 of us were called to a meeting, told that were were great employees and then told that we would be doing different jobs as of Monday. We are all in similar situations. They have not even given us formal job descriptions - less than 10 words to say where we will work.

Has anyone heard of such a thing in Switzerland?
Yes I have, in other countries they would just sack you. You can leave if your not happy, but don't expect any RAV payments for a long time if you do.
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Yes I have, in other countries they would just sack you. You can leave if your not happy, but don't expect any RAV payments for a long time if you do.
Not sure which other countries you refer to. The US yes, employees have few rights.

In my organization 10% of us are being shuffled about. Our "old" jobs are not being eliminated just staffed by others (only one spot is being eliminated and only one new staff member will be added). In those circumstances layoffs are hard to support.

We are being treated as chess pieces.

As for leaving, it is not easy, we are required to give long notice periods.

RAV - not an option. HR has advised that when I leave (for what ever reason including retirement), my ability to stay here will end unless I have first secured a job or citizenship. Honestly, that does not worry me. I have a "rainy day fund" and in time I will find something. What I will not do is allow an inconsiderate employer to sabotage my CV. That is what this change does for me.
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Does your employment contract state your previous function ? If so, your employer can change this by declaring an "Änderungskündigung", which is essentially a termination of the employment agreement combined with the offer to enter into a new employment agreement under new terms / with new conditions. The employer has to observe the usual notice period for terminations.
It is not completely at the employer's discretion to declare such a notice - see Art.336 et seq. of the Swiss Code of Obligations:
http://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifie...009/index.html
In case the employer abuses such right to terminate you may be entitled to a compensation.
In light of your description of the relevant circumstances (entire team moved, completely new team brought in to fill your positions etc.) you may want to seek legal advise. Your local RAV may be a good starting point.
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RAV - not an option. HR has advised that when I leave (for what ever reason including retirement), my ability to stay here will end unless I have first secured a job or citizenship.
This depends on your permit, not on what your HR department states.
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RAV - not an option. HR has advised that when I leave (for what ever reason including retirement), my ability to stay here will end unless I have first secured a job or citizenship.
I think they're trying to keep you in the dark. You don't say what sort of permit you have, but unless it's an 'L' I think they're plain wrong. How long have you been here anyway?
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