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Nursery school

The CERN Nursery school was founded in 1961 in Meyrin, before it found a new home on the CERN site in 1965. It expanded from a “garderie” in the morning-only with 30 children, to the Crèche/Kindergarten/School with 147 children and 42 staff we have today.


Looking back

A questionnaire about a nursery for children of CERN parents was distributed in 1959, and the results were published in the Staff Association Journal № 30 (Autumn 1959). Below you can read the article as published.

Respecting the right to strike

Since two years the representatives of the employers in the ILO, a tripartite multilateral body responsible for guaranteeing the correct application of an international labour code, try to weaken the global work regulations.

On the occasion of the Global Day of Action for the right to strike at the invitation of the Geneva community of Union action (Communauté genevoise d’action syndicale) and the Swiss Trade Union Association (Union syndicale suisse) around noon on Wednesday 18th February some fifty staff representatives of international organizations gathered on the place des Nations in Geneva to reaffirm the importance of this fundamental right, too often flouted.

Looking back

In Echo No 215 we announced that we are archiving old publications of the Staff Association, in particular the issues of the Staff Association Journal. To relive with you some interesting moments of the 60-year history of the Association, that we celebrate in 2015, we plan and reproduce a few articles of this magazine in Echo. We start with an article, which shows how the executives of the Association, which was just born a few months earlier, saw its role in these early days.

As a curiosity we reproduce below page 16 of the Staff Association Journal of July 1956, which shows the age distribution of the CERN staff. The average age was 33 years. At the end of the year 1956, CERN had 396 employees, including fellows (to be compared with 114 and 260 at the end 1954, and 1955, respectively).

At that time, there were no CERN pensioners yet. Which is not to say that nobody mentioned the Pension Fund. Indeed, the Staff Association Journal, N° 7 (May 1956) was devoted to a presentation on the Pension Funds drafted by the CERN Administration. Then, N° 8 (June 1956) indicates that the Committee of the Association has devoted most of its recent activity to the study of the project of the Pension Fund, as prepared by the Administration.

This week at the Staff Association

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