Two Offices, two messages: On the one hand, the Department of Federal councillor Simonetta Sommaruga (59, SP), on the other, that of Federal councillor Guy Parmelin (60, SVP). Sommaruga, the Minister of transport, Parmelin, the Minister of economy is. The question is: Have companies such as SBB, Postbus and other public establishments to have a claim on short-time working?

The Position in the realm of Sommaruga is clear: The responsible Federal office of transport (BAV) has called on all licensed transport companies, to make an application for short-time work. The are about 100 farms. Many complied with the request. For example, the SBB. But also post the car. “In this way, the work and loss of Earnings figures are mitigated due to the sharp drop in passengers,” says Postbus spokeswoman Katharina Merkle.

“Public companies are to carry no operating risk”

the Federal Council Parmelins state Secretariat for economic Affairs (Seco), is contrary to the recommendations of the Ministry of transport. “Public establishments in contrast to the private as a rule, no operation or risk of Bankruptcy,” said Seco spokesman Fabian Maienfisch. Your financial constraints or losses would be met from public funds.

If a negative economy are not able to lead developments in these public facilities to a direct reduction, would violate the purpose of short-time work compensation, as Maienfisch performs. The short-time work funds could be paid out, with the purpose of jobs.

This also applies to privatised areas of companies, which are controlled by the Confederation, the Canton or the municipality. “Still have publicly-filed legal requests for short-time working, to ask what an additional burden on the Enforcement and significant abuse that has led risk,” says Maienfisch.

Abusive related funds no longer need to back-tested

to be paid Because of the flood of requests would all minutely. “But the compensation office of unemployment insurance will review the withdrawals in hindsight, and where applicable, claims for refunds, or carrier liability in the case of the cantons apply for,” said Seco spokesman. In other words: firms which are not entitled to short-time work, will have to pay back the money later.

the devil is in The Detail. Example transport companies: short-time working application of the Bern BLS was entitled, “because it is a private-law company in the Form of a joint stock company, even if the Canton is the main owner,” says Ueli Stückelberger, Director of the Association of public transport. The SBB, however, be entitled to a special Statute joint – stock company and, therefore, not claim.


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BAV strengthens SBB the back

Also, the FOT maintains its Position, and even strengthens the SBB to the back. “Since the Federal Fund-related company as an employer as well as employees in the ALV, it would not be explicable why they are not entitled to benefits of this social security,” says spokesman Michael Muller. “Concretely, this would mean that these companies would have to be dismissed in the crisis staff.”

“Also,” adds Miller, “intervention of the owner without legal basis to the operational business and short-time work, such as notices of termination ban, which would raise unresolved questions of accountability.”

The BAV can be even more. “Redundancies, because from political reasons, on short-time working in state-linked companies are to be dispensed with, would be a blatant case of discrimination of employees,” Müller said. Affaire à suivre.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

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protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

stay Informed

Note the local instructions and recommendations. Strictly to the rules and announcements of the authorities. Infoline Coronavirus: 058 463 00 00, 24 hours a day available Info-page of the BAG: bag-coronavirus.

when should the ch one to the doctor?

do not Go out in the symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, or fever) in the Public and contact you immediately – first by phone, a Doctor, a doctor or a health care facility.


remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.