Switzerland - Alarming studies over working conditions in education - September 30, 2017

On the occasion of the Swiss Education Day, teachers’ unions demanded that efforts be made by employers to improve their health protection, with the slogan ‘Healthy Schools - Good Schools’. The unions presented a joint position with demands, which would oblige the employer to contribute to improved health protection for teachers. A study commissioned by the trade union LCH shows that 70% of German teachers work part-time, one third of them for health reasons. In the spring of 2017, a study commissioned by the union SER revealed that almost 37% of teachers have reduced their teaching time in the past five years, mostly for health reasons or to reduce their workload. A third study demonstrated that normative injuries caused by inadequate room conditions, air and light quality as well as a constantly high interaction density can have a negative impact on the students’ well-being and performance. According to fourth study, the incidence of teachers for professional reasons amounts to 37.6 million Swiss francs (32,8 million euro) annually.

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