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Old 27.01.2009, 13:36
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Nurse not being paid for extra work as agreed by employer

My wife works in a private hospital and she has recently agreed to work part of her time in her current ward as well as the recovery ward which requires higher qualification and thus paid more. However, when my wife checked her pay slip at the end of the month, she was not getting paid for the time she works in the recovery ward.

She brought this to the attention of the ward sister and she said that there may not be money to pay her as they have agreed before. They may not even pay her the extra for the time she's already worked in that ward. This was apparently a decision by the ward sister's manager. This seems a clear breach of trust and they didn't even inform my wife prior to this decision and would have continued to take advantage of her labour were she not to have noticed and brought the issue up.

The advice that could help us would be where we could take the complaint to. Is there a Swiss body that deals with individual labour dispute? Since there's no nurse's union, is there another body that she could take her complaint to?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 27.01.2009, 13:40
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Re: Nurse not being paid for extra work as agreed by employer

Maybe something like this will help. (German)

Trust is good. Contract is better! Get it in writing.
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Old 27.01.2009, 13:48
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Re: Nurse not being paid for extra work as agreed by employer

I believe there's a paper trail as well if not a contract. She has contract with the hospital where she works. Besides, there's no dispute that she's worked in the recovery room and they have to pay her the difference to work there.
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Old 27.01.2009, 13:52
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Re: Nurse not being paid for extra work as agreed by employer

No dispute if she worked in that ward or not... OK

I see a problem obtaining the compensation for the services rendered.

Lesson learned, for others or self in the future:
If extra compensation is due for a task performed, or to be
performed... get a contract or written agreement. Simple.
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Old 27.01.2009, 13:53
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Since there's no nurse's union, is there another body that she could take her complaint to?

ahem, there is a nurses union.......

http://www.sbk-asi.ch/

...but you need to be a member of it to profit from all their services

www.unia.ch could also be a good bet in regards to getting info
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Old 27.01.2009, 13:57
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Re: Nurse not being paid for extra work as agreed by employer

I see my wife has lied to me about their not being a union.

I'll let her know.
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Old 27.01.2009, 14:03
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I see my wife has lied to me about their not being a union.

I'll let her know.

LOL, be gentle with her, my sis works for UNIA and I just left a message with her to see if they are also 'responsible' for ppl in the health care or if she knows how to proceed. I'll let you now as soon as she got back to me.
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That's super, thanks so much EastEnders! TipTop (as they say round here)
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Re: Nurse not being paid for extra work as agreed by employer

ok here goes ---my sis said:

You have a good case and you can in fact contact Unia
there is an office in Thun,Aarestrasse 40 ( close to the Aarezentrum)

office opening times are
monday and wednesday 2-5 pm and
tuesday and thursday from 2 to 6 pm

when you go there your wife should take her working contract and if she's got it ,a written statement about the overtime thingy, sort of an addition to the contract.

It will be necessary for her to join the union UNIA ,bu they are not expensive and if you are a member a whole host of other things are open to use for you ,respecitvely your wife.


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