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Your Voice

Your Voice - Making one’s own voice heard more through the strength of the association

With your membership, you raise the legitimation of the employment policy interests.


The Novartis Employees’ Association (NAV) represents the employment policy and economical interests of its members towards the executive committee. The NAV stands up without ideological blinders through all fronts and levels, pragmatically and fact-related, for the concerns of the members. Our objective is to achieve practical, realistic and successful solutions for the wellbeing of the employees of all levels. The NAV has no confessional orientation and is politically independent.

Participation rights

The NAV has strongly shaped the rights of codetermination, equal say and participation within the company and focuses on broader expansion on a national level. The contents of the internal participation rights of the employees’ representation within the individual employment agreements (IEA) are negotiated with the NAV. The NAV is an important social partner that works solution-oriented. It delegates competent candidates with an outstanding record of accomplishment into the participation committees (employees’ representation and foundation council of the pension fund). These activities require personalities with rich experience, people with a willingness to engage and openness to new paths, and sustainable solutions. In the past few years, the delegated NAV members in the staff representatives and the participation committees have achieved concrete results such as improved social plans with a hardship fund, an internal job center and annual wage increases.


Information distribution right

The NAV informs the members with regard to company or personnel policy events and developments of the company.

Position paper

The NAV clearly takes position:


Through its membership in the umbrella organization Employees' Association Region Basel (arb), the NAV is integrated into a good, national and regional network of member organizations from various sectors. The arb represents the interests of employees at regional and national level. The umbrella organization can actively shape the world of work through its solution-oriented and future-oriented policy, independent of ideologies and political parties, and thus achieve sustainable improvements.



The NAV is an important social partner in the following committees:

  • Board of Trustees of the Novartis Pension Fund

  • Personnel representatives for wage negotiations, consultations, social plans and editing / negotiating internal guidelines

  • Novartis Euro Forum (NEF)

  • Representation to the management in labor and economic interests

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