Switzerland -Opening hours in retail disputed -June 02, 2014

A draft federal law to set uniform national opening hours for shops is running into opposition from cantons, municipalities and trade unions representing store workers. The law would allow shops across the country to stay open on weekdays from 6am to 8pm and from 6am to 7pm on Saturdays.

A draft federal law to set uniform national opening hours for shops is running into opposition from cantons, municipalities and trade unions representing store workers. The law would allow shops across the country to stay open on weekdays from 6am to 8pm and from 6am to 7pm on Saturdays. All the country’s cantons, except for Ticino, oppose the law because they say the legislation is a serious threat to their autonomy. The trade unions oppose the federal law because it would change the working conditions for shop employees who are already facing stress and put under pressure. The extension of hours would mean working more in the evening without extra compensation.

English: http://www.thelocal.ch/20140530/proposed-shopping-hours-law-faces-resistance

 


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