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Just under three months after thousands of companies have introduced short-time work for nearly two million people, demand the most important employers ‘and workers’ organizations unanimously an extension of this instrument.

Valentin Vogt, President of the Swiss employers ‘ Association, spoke out on Sunday in favour of the short-time work for certain industries over the applicable twelve months and beyond to extend. He made the statement after a Meeting of the social partners and the cantons and the Federal councillors Alain Berset and Guy Parmelin.

Power up for eight-ten months of extended compensation for short-time work: employer President Valentin Vogt.Photo: Peter Würmli

during the financial crisis of 2008/2009, the Federal government had to extend the short-time work at eighteen months. Because of the economic downturn this year, is likely to be much fiercer than a decade, will come a extended short-time working period, probably again for the course, in order to relieve the labour market.

In the foreground of the machine, electrical and metal industry, the watch industry as well as in the gastronomy area. In the Bundesrat however, the extension is currently not an issue, as is clear from the Covenant house reported.

“With an extension of short-time work to eighteen months, we can increase the planning reliability of the companies and their employees, and massive unemployment to prevent it.”

Vania Alleva, President of the trade Union Unia

This should change, however, is however, supported the proposal of the employer to the President of the trade unions. “The proposal I think is fundamentally good,” said Vania Alleva, President of the Unia, the largest trade Union. “Because with prolongation of short-time work to eighteen months, we can increase the planning reliability of the companies and their employees, and massive unemployment to prevent it.”

In the same way, the Swiss trade Union Confederation reflected: The short work duration should be extended “as soon as possible” at eighteen months, he demands.

For certain companies, the time is of the essence

Not agree to accept the Unia-Head of Alleva but with a differentiation according to sectors. “There are already clear conditions for companies,” she says. “Only when these are met, you can apply for short-time work.” An additional distinction according to the sector they belong to make little sense. Furthermore, Alleva, could be, depending on the course and severity of the recession more-or-other sectors extended short-time working dependent.

A “Yes, but” also comes from travail Suisse, the second-largest workers ‘ organization. “We do not defend ourselves, of course, against a prolonged short-time work,” says Gabriel Fischer, who is responsible for economic policy. Meaning to do this for companies, which would have reduced the working hours of their employees to 85 percent, and more, and therefore, short-time work only for four months could settle.

The extend of short-time work in these cases twelve or eighteen months – after now three months, billed to be – give the affected companies more security, adds Fischer.

wave of redundancies feared

Like the travail Suisse representative, however, to bear in mind, is likely to fall, “after the termination of the Lockdown is only a small part of the companies in this category”. Most likely this was probably for the catering industry. “In the case of the other companies,” says Fischer, “the bill of work for twelve months, I think it is hardly necessary to allow a renewal for a year and a half.”

Because most of the companies currently had to penetrate the whole of the other, to do their questions, such as the protection to implement the concepts and the supply chains to recover. “In three to four months may not look that way,” admits Fischer. “Especially when the recession up to then has made it worse.”

Meanwhile, the trade Union Syna calls on employers to dispense with redundancies and cyclical to bridge a drop in sales with short-time work. In its communication, the to travail Suisse hearing referred to at the end of Syna on planned mass redundancies at Forteq derendingen, SO, Life Safety Distribution in Hegnau, ZH and Tesa in Renens VD. “Unfortunately, we fear that the current development is just the tip of the iceberg and that there is an actual dismissal wave,” is Nico Fröhli quotes, Central Secretary industry.

FDP skeptical, Green for

For eighteen months the extended duration of short-time work compensation, Swissmem, the umbrella Association of the metal -, electro-and machine industry, and in. “Some companies have already had to introduce in 2019 short-time work, because the demand in some target markets has declined,” recalls Swissmem spokesman Ivo Zimmermann. At the end of the reference period will be reached from the current twelve months soon.

In the metal and machinery industry began in the crisis even before Corona.Photo: Alessandro Crinari (Keystone)

Skeptical Beat Walti, parliamentary leader of the FDP, said, however: “If the result is that companies will not get to survive anyway are capable of, we have used the money in the wrong place. It is important now to assess further measures holistically and for the long term.

The extension of short-time work in eighteen months could quickly cost an additional one to two billion Swiss francs, warns of the FDP politicians. If you ask, but at the same time on industrial tariffs do not deprive or taxes will not sink, was inconsistent. “Good conditions,” says Walti, “for the benefit of all and help the Swiss economy to grow after the crisis.”

“in addition to the Expansion of short-time work, it needs a continuing education offensive, as is the case with the last crisis.”

Regula Rytz, President of the Green

Green-President Regula Rytz, however, support the idea of employers: “It is not important that it comes to lay-offs.” There are industries that would be longer than that provided for by law, twelve months will be affected by the crisis, such as the hospitality industry or the travel industry.

“in addition to the Expansion of short-time work, it needs a continuing education offensive, as is the case with the last crisis,” says Rytz. The Affected person should receive education vouchers, with which they form more or can retrain. So you could use the time to professionally move forward, this is Rytz convinced. “The structural change is not, in many sectors, undo, and the employees must adjust to the fact that the digitalisation thrust will remain.”

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