Mission and Mandate

The Staff Association is the only statutory body for members of personnel representation. Its existence is ratified by Chapter VII of the Staff Rules and Regulations:

“Within the framework of the present Rules, and independently of the normal hierarchical channels, the relations between the Director-General of the Organization and the members of the personnel shall be either direct with the individual or on a collective basis with the Staff Association as intermediary.”

The Association shall be independent of any structures and shall have no political, ideological or religious allegiance.


To serve and defend the economic, social, professional and moral interests of its members and all CERN staff, with particular reference to the observance of the Staff Rules and Regulations and all the statutory texts arising therefrom, as well as the improvement of employment, working, safety and welfare conditions in the widest possible sense.

To protect the rights and defend the interests of the families of the CERN staff and those of the beneficiaries of the CERN Pension Fund.

To promote good relations between staff, other employees working on site, and the communities in which staff members and their families live.

To contribute, along with the Council of the Organization and the Director-General, to the seeking and implementation of means of ensuring that the mission of the Organization.

To strengthen the links between the nationals of the countries represented in the Organization.


Concertation and collective negotiation of the working and employment conditions of the CERN staff.

Participation in the drawing up of statutory rules.

Collective and individual representation, training and information of its members and all CERN staff inside and outside the Organization.

Appointment of representatives in the various committees on which the staff is represented and to which it has access.

Assistance in individual or collective disputes concerning employment, working and welfare conditions.

In the event of labour disputes, recourse to collective action, including concerted work stoppages.

Maintaining of relations and cooperation with groups having a similar purpose.