SP national councilor demands 35-hour week

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Left fight for the 35-hour week – the Federal Council is against it

Less stress, more equality: SP National Councilor Tamara Funiciello is calling for shorter working hours with full wage compensation.

Is committed to lower working hours: the former Juso boss Tamara Funiciello.

Boris Bürgisser (Berne, January 30, 2019)

Sigmar Gabriel’s suggestion to increase the weekly working hours is not well received in his own ranks. SPD general secretary Kevin Kühnert doesn’t believe in this idea, and the German trade union federation qualified it as a “cheap sham solution”.

In Switzerland, meanwhile, trade union circles and left-wing politicians are campaigning for the 35-hour week. For example Tamara Funiciello. The Bernese SP National Councilor is calling on the Federal Council to reduce weekly working hours to 35 hours a week within ten years – with full wage compensation for low and medium wages. With this measure, the former Juso boss promises, among other things, less stress, more equality and more climate protection.

In the Zurich city parliament, the SP and the Alternative List are demanding that the city of Zurich test the 35-hour week for its own employees. Interested companies from the private sector should also gain experience with it. The media are also increasingly reporting on companies that are introducing the four-day week of their own accord.

The Federal Council speaks out against shorter working hours. In response to Funiciello’s proposal, he writes that Swiss labor market policy is characterized by a great deal of scope for negotiated solutions. The flexible framework offers good conditions for the creation and preservation of jobs, for a high level of productivity and wages and a high level of prosperity.