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Your Voice, your rights, your advantage

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

Your rights - Labor law and social security insurance coverage

Procedure for legal advice

1. An expert group consisting of NAV board members is available to advise the individual association members on the assertion of rights from the employment relationship, and at the request of the member, join discussions with superiors and P&O (support and intervention function).

Tel. office +41 61 697 39 00


2. There is also the possibility that the group of experts can forward your request to the law firm Recht am Rhein.

3. AXA-ARAG will bear any legal costs incurred

Further support

Through the membership with the arb umbrella association, NAV members can benefit of a free 30-minute advice on all topics

Your advantage - Benefit from the attractive legal protection insurance

Members residing in Switzerland

AXA-ARAG offers its official product "OPTIMA" as standard for all NAV members, with all existing conditions and benefits, or in some cases even upgraded services. For the price of CHF 199.- (for non-members CHF 430.-) you can sign for this legal protection insurance directly with AXA-ARAG. To do so, you must register directly with the insurance application. You are then insured according to the information provided by AXA-ARAG. Further information can be found in the additional sheets attached here.


NAV membership fees:

Option A: CHF 99.00.- / year for active members including labor law and social security legal protection and option for individual, additional legal expenses insurance «OPTIMA» at CHF 199 .- / year

Option B: CHF 59.00.- / year for retirees including labor law and social security legal protection and option for individual additional legal protection insurance «OPTIMA» at CHF 199 .- / year

Option C: CHF 39.- / year for retired members without legal protection insurance and without employment and insurance legal protection

Members who live in Germany

Thanks to your NAV membership you can additionally conclude an advantageous legal protection insurance with ROLAND Rechtsschutz privately with attractive preferential conditions.

If you would like to benefit from this offer, please contact Mr. Emre Hacan of AXA-ARAG (NAV and ROLAND Rechtsschutz-Partner: Tel. +41 58 215 32 75 / Email:

Members who live in France

AXA-ARAG Mulhouse

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