Actually, the announcement of the work is controlled times for the Swiss Postman in the total work of the contract is clear: “The employees two weeks from the employer, usually in advance of their scheduled work assignments.” The labour law is also stressed: “The period of two weeks to allow workers to plan their time in dependence on family, work and leisure. This time limit may not be reduced without compelling reason.”

But it is precisely this level of planning security, which allowed the Pöstlern up to now, to reconcile work and private life, wants to abolish the Post now. 15. April, just a day before the new post office chief Roberto Cirillo (48) to assume operative management of the group, be informed by the Postman in Mägenwil, AG, just before the service via the inaugural staff App on the exact working times. The Post stressed, meanwhile, that it is a pilot project. However, in St. Gallen, the flexible working hours were introduced already a year ago.

No adjustment of the contract

For Thomas Geiser (65), Professor of labour law at the University of St. Gallen, is the approach of the Post “highly doubtful”: “The new Regime of the Post with the legal and contractual requirements are hardly compatible.” It was also obvious that it was an amendment to the contract, “only with the consent of both parties”.

The Post says only: “The variable at the beginning of work has not led to any adjustments to the Contract. All of the content, such as, for example, the level of employment or wage apply, as in the past.”

The Post scores but only the total work of the contract, even the health of your employees is at stake. “The influence of the worker on the working time is a Central factor for well-being,” says psychologist Hartmut Schulze (59) of the University of applied Sciences North-Western Switzerland. “If the employee has over a longer period of time, no influence on how he can divide the work, when to work, it must appear, as this can lead to Stress, exhaustion, and disease.”