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Switzerland on the black list because of the protection of Workers

trade-Union active workers are not protected in Switzerland, enough prior to the termination. The criticism of the international labour organisation ILO. She has put Switzerland on a black list - shortly before an anniversary conference in Geneva.

The list has been decided by the competent ILO Commission, as this was confirmed on request of the news Agency Keystone-SDA. It covers forty countries, the injured ILO conventions. Along with Greece and Belarus, Switzerland is the only European country on the list.

she is accused of international legal commitments. In doing so, the ILO Convention 98 on protection against dismissal for trade Union dedicated to employees, which Switzerland has ratified the 1999.


according to Swiss law, a notice of termination is abusive if it is done because of a legitimate trade Union activity. The maximum compensation for unfair termination, but only in the case of six-month wages.

From the point of view of the ILO that is not enough. The organization had already complained, in 2004, the acting sufficiently dissuasive for the employer. With the regulation in force, the trade Union could dedicated employee be made at the end of silence. The ILO report on which the list is based, mentions the example of a new Burger hospital, the dismissed employees after a labor dispute.


The ILO Commission invites the Swiss government to take this and other cases. They emphasized that the compensation for unfair dismissal should fulfil certain conditions. It should be the Size of the company appropriate. A large company would have to pay more monthly wages than SMEs.

In his last report to the ILO on behalf wrote to the Federal Council , the social partners of their different attitudes held in this matter. The unions demanded wages, compensation of a minimum of twelve month and the possibility of a re-setting. The employers wished for no higher compensation for unfair dismissal.

shot across the bow

Switzerland appears, therefore, now on a black list, is from the point of view of trade unions is a "shot across the bow", as it is expressed in Luca Cirigliano by the Swiss trade Union Federation (SGB). It shows that you have not done your homework. Now something must be done.

The state Secretariat for economic Affairs (Seco), on request, have taken the list of the Switzerland, in the "Longlist" the ILO noted. The list will be treated at the ILO conference, on 10. June begins in Geneva. There it is decided whether Switzerland is also on the "Shortlist" with 25 countries. Switzerland would be reprimanded in this case, and asked to do something against the abuse.

Embarrassing for Switzerland

Whether Switzerland figuriere on this list, will only be at the beginning of the conference, writes the Seco. You'll be listed, would respond to the Federal government in the framework of the ILO Supervisory system. He would answer the questions on the occasion of the meeting of the Committee for the implementation of the standards of the International labour conference.

For the unions is already questionable enough that Switzerland does not appear on a list of forty countries because they comply with international legal obligations. For Switzerland, this Premiere was embarrassing, said Cirigliano - all the more so, as it was the conference for the 100-year anniversary of the ILO and Switzerland, this presiding.

Whether a country is on the black list, the ILO Commission on the basis of several criteria. For this purpose, the severity of the problem, the urgency of the Situation, as well as the quality and comprehensiveness of the response of the governments in their Reports on the issues of the ILO. (Dec/sda)

Created: 16.05.2019, 13:00 Uhr

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