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Protection for workers, should be relaxed

For a part of the employee, the employee should be relaxed protection: you should work according to the annual working hours model without the maximum weekly working time.

Despite criticism in the consultation process, the economy holds the Commission of the States (WAK). With a 10 to 3 vote, has approved a draft law, as President of the Commission Pirmin Bischof (CVP/SO) said on Friday in front of the media. The bill goes back to a parliamentary Initiative of Konrad Graber (CVP/LU).

The CTE adopted without Changes to the reserves but, according to the opinion of the Federal Council still have to make corrections. The result of the consultation was "underwhelming," admitted Bishop. The Commission was aware of this. It action is required. The WAK wool adapted to the Changes in the working world.

More than 45 hours per week

Of the new work would be affected with a supervisor function, as well as professionals who have significant decision-making powers in their area of expertise. How many meet these criteria is controversial.

The estimates vary widely. According to an analysis of the Swiss labour force survey, 1.4 million people or 38 percent of all workers and employees could be affected.

Concerned, the employer could, in the future, an annual working time model. Thus, the statutory maximum weekly working time is removed for you.

Has always used more of: A time clock. (Archive image) image: Keystone

In the year the average is expected, however, only worked 45 hours per week, and by the end of the year to a maximum of 170 hours is likely to result. This would be paid with a surcharge of 25 per cent, or to compensate in the following year.

Less rest time

Loosened the rules for the rest of the time. This could appear multiple times in the week up to nine hours, provided that the duration of eleven hours is observed in the average of four weeks. For Sunday work, no permit would be required if the worker carries out the work on Sunday in our sole discretion.

Today, the maximum working time is depending on the industry, 45 or 50 hours. For certain firms and workers may be temporarily extended for a maximum of four hours. The rest period can be set once in the week from eleven to eight hours, provided that the duration of eleven hours is observed in the average of two weeks.

Second draft suspended

The Commission had sent a second draft for consultation, of a parliamentary Initiative of the former St. Gallen FDP Councillor of state, and current Federal councillor Karin Keller-Sutter. This provides that the employer can take for the same groups of work on the recording of work and rest time without.

This would be expanded easing, which entered into force in 2016. In accordance with this eliminates the requirement for working hours for employees subject to a collective employment agreement that provides for this, if you earn more than 120'000 Swiss francs per year.

The second design goes back to the former FDP Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter. (Archive image) image: Keystone

The WAK will only decide later whether to be a need for further easing. You want to wait for the ongoing Evaluation of the state Secretariat for economic Affairs (Seco) for the implementation of the regulation in force article. The result should be available in the autumn.

Only four cantons in favour of

In the consultation arrived, both the Commission's draft poorly, especially in the cantons. None of the cantonal authorities, without reservation, for both designs. The design of the "Graber" agreed to only four cantons.

Of the political parties FDP, SVP and GLP of the languages for both templates, SP and Green, both rejected. The CVP agreed to the changes. The employers 'organisations support the templates in the guidelines, the workers' organisations reject you. The Swiss Federation of trade unions (SGB) threatens with a Referendum.

Already work long hours

From the point of view of the opponents is the current law sufficiently flexible. International comparison of working hours in Switzerland are already long, they argue. The Changes would be a negative impact on the health of the workers.

The cantons of the fear of difficult conditions for the enforcement and the practicality of the question. The draft law contains many ambiguous terms, which did not correspond to any legal or statistical category – for example, the term "qualified persons". Also was unclear what was meant powers with "significant Decision".

(oli/sda)

Created: 15.02.2019, 14:45 PM

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