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Climate protection: Not even Greenpeace gives employees free

is The international climate day of the strike on the 15. March to break previous records in this Country, the climate youth movement, aims for a big Demonstration, with 100'000 people – as much as never before in Switzerland. Since December, thousands of pupils and students always go back for more climate protection on the streets. The movement is active around the world.

to be able to for the rally in mid-March, it put, want to mobilize the organizers in addition, employees of the company. However, the Demonstration takes place on a Friday. The climate movement Zurich calls on the companies, their employees on this day. But how is this to go with this claim?

show only in the leisure

Swisscom does not, for example, that you participate on the day of the strike. You put on the self-responsibility of employees. "We offer our employees flexible working opportunities, and in consultation with your Team, as well as the supervisor of absences can be defined," said a spokeswoman.

images: thousands demonstrate for climate protection

it's a Similar sound in the case of Nestlé, Roche, Zurich insurance and the SBB. They all give their employees extra for the Demonstration on the 15. March-free. On request, they point unanimously to the possibility of flexible working hours or the use of vacation days. The Federal government says: "The absence is to the detriment of the leisure time of the employees," says a spokesman for the Swiss Federal personnel office. All the companies stress that they use for climate protection.

No legal basis

Greenpeace are free, about 80 Swiss employees in mid-March. The environmental organization says that the protests and support and these were in turn very important for the Climate. "Each and every employee can participate in the Demonstration, however, it is not working," says a spokeswoman.

Video: thousands demonstrate in Switzerland for climate protection climate strike: Large rallies all over the country. (Video: Tamedia)

But what happens if you don't have flexible work hours and easy work, to be able to demonstrate? According to Roger Rudolph, a lawyer and Professor of labour law at the University of Zurich, for absence from work due to political interests, there is no legal basis. Who is more difficult due to a Demonstration not in the workplace, violates the obligation to work. "Legally the Same as if he makes the blue threatening the employees," explains Rudolph. Then there could be at least a warning. At best, a termination of the threat.

The warning of the Supreme Swiss teacher

And how it looks for the students who have brought the climate strikes in the last few weeks? Beat Zemp, Central President of the umbrella Association of Swiss teachers ' nationwide, says: "I have great understanding that students go on the road. For something Important, namely the protection of the climate," he explains to But the Supreme teacher of Switzerland indicates that the schools have an absence of being. "If you go AWOL, you get a unentschuldigte absence."

Zemp recalled that in the case of a transgression of the absences quota consequences. This can occur in the Form of warnings, references to the expulsion: "it is really dramatic." And any wool Yes. Zemps conclusions: students are not to damage your own career. This is not a good solution and won't help the climate at all.

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Created: 08.02.2019, 09:42 PM

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