On Monday, 16. In March, the Federal Council has enacted the protection of Corona-risk persons in the world of work: “vulnerable groups of workers perform their employment duties from home. If this is not possible, you will be granted a leave of absence by the employer under wage continuation payment”, as stated under article 10c of the “regulation 2 on measures to combat Coronavirus”.

on Friday, on four days later, loosened the Federal Council for the protection of persons at risk, such as the media, the TX Group reports. To communicate without this, changed the Federal Council the article in the regulation. Now vulnerable people will not have to go to work, if the home office is possible. At least, if the sanitation and clearance rules to be ensured. Only if that’s not possible, have patients at risk the right to a leave of absence.

in other words: Even someone who has a pre-existing medical conditions, over 65 years of age and is in a risk group belongs to, can now be forced to work. In the notes to regulation 2, it is noted that, for example, plexiglass Windows can be installed for the protection of Fund staff, or you can put disinfectant available.

“Completely contradictory”

The Swiss Federation of trade unions (SGB) has noted, the implied Change that was made – and is outraged. “The SGB noted with consternation that the Federal Council still holds to this regulation,” he writes in a message. “The lack of protection of this particularly vulnerable workers at risk not only the directly Concerned but undermines the confidence in the measures of the Federal government in principle.”

risk people would stand in fear of death, says SGB Central Secretary Luca Cirigliano to the Newspapers of the TX Group. The Confederation of trade unions has collected several examples of people who have to work despite pre-existing conditions such as Diabetes again. You should simply washing the hands was, for example, the statement a large-scale bakery to an employee.

BAG checks article again

Meanwhile, the Swiss Federation of trade unions (SGB) has intervened in the Federal Council and requires the deletion of the added section. “The Federal Council sends out a clear message: stay home. On the other hand, many employers insist that even people with a pre-existing condition to come to work,” says Cirigliano. “This is completely contradictory.”

reported, such As the “NZZ”, is likely to have loosened the government rules at the Urging of the economy. The employer maintains the Association of the current arrangements for necessary and reasonable. The Federal government itself, however, is its critique of the unions, apparently, is not so sure. You will examine the controversial article in the coming days, it shall inform the Federal office for health (BAG). It is possible that you refined details. (kes/lha)


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