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Trouble at Euroairport

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Re: Trouble at Euroairport

For those of us who don't speak French:

The Swiss are threatening to relocate their businesses

Is that all?
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Old 10.06.2011, 13:47
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Re: Trouble at Euroairport

Well, actually it could mean lots of people unemployed and uncertainty for the future of Euroairport.
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Well, actually it could mean lots of people unemployed and uncertainty for the future of Euroairport.
I was hoping for an Amoklauf at the very least.

Any chance of a brief synopsis of the article for the non-francophones amongst us?
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Old 10.06.2011, 13:58
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Re: Trouble at Euroairport

Do we know which companies?
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Old 10.06.2011, 14:01
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Re: Trouble at Euroairport

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I was hoping for an Amoklauf at the very least.
When the airport was built, there was an agreement that it would come under French law. However the Swiss sector has always used Swiss law.

There was an employment tribunal last year where this was pointed out.

Companies in the Swiss sector (74 of 'em) are saying that they can't cope if they have to change to use French employment law. If they have to go from 42.5 hour weeks to 35 then they can't be competitive, especially with Swiss wages, They would have to lower them to match French wages.

Some of them will flounce.


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Re: Trouble at Euroairport

Very briefly, the story is that some French workers at Euroairport have brought a court case of some sort which may require all employers to apply French labour regulations; e.g. 35 hour working weeks.

Employers say that you can't have both Swiss salaries and French contract conditions, and that if they were forced to give French working conditions, they would become uncompetitive and would move operations elsewhere.
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Old 10.06.2011, 14:53
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Very briefly, the story is that some French workers at Euroairport have brought a court case of some sort which may require all employers to apply French labour regulations; e.g. 35 hour working weeks.

Employers say that you can't have both Swiss salaries and French contract conditions, and that if they were forced to give French working conditions, they would become uncompetitive and would move operations elsewhere.
Correct, but it's not just about the few Frech workers who brought the case to a French court but it concerns several thousand airport workers who currently either get a) French labour laws and French salaries or in the Swiss zone b) Swiss salaries under Swiss labour law. Some French dimwits tried to get the best of the two worlds and sued their Swiss employers, the courts decided in favour of the claimants and declared the current practice, some 60 years old, illegal. Interestingly the comments in the Alsatian newspaper who almost all denounced the "Parisian courts" that systematically undermined the competitiveness of the French border regions. One commenter asked to move the Swiss border 50km to the North and become "Switzerland's 27th canton", another claimed to be an employer who has to, in lack of bilingual French youth due to French policies, employ German workers to service customers in the region.
In short, they didn't seem to be too happy with their Central government, its lack of understanding for the border region and their labour unions.
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Re: Trouble at Euroairport

My company is one of these that could move. They tried to pay us in Euros recently, just to those who lived in France and Germany we even had new contracts issued, but the authorities after reports from several employees for the discrimination, stepped in and ordered this pay change to stop and all contracts are now to be torn up. The move was deemed illegal as we are sat on French soil. We don't even need a permit to work at the airport.

I think this recent move by my company is what has brought this once again to the attention of the authorities and the media.

Because our company will now not pay us in Euros, they will take other corrective actions because they say that they cannot sustain the rate of exchange against the Euro as most of our business is in Euros.

There are rumours of relocation.....so we wait.....
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Correct, but it's not just about the few Frech workers who brought the case to a French court but it concerns several thousand airport workers who currently either get a) French labour laws and French salaries or in the Swiss zone b) Swiss salaries under Swiss labour law. Some French dimwits tried to get the best of the two worlds and sued their Swiss employers, the courts decided in favour of the claimants and declared the current practice, some 60 years old, illegal. Interestingly the comments in the Alsatian newspaper who almost all denounced the "Parisian courts" that systematically undermined the competitiveness of the French border regions. One commenter asked to move the Swiss border 50km to the North and become "Switzerland's 27th canton", another claimed to be an employer who has to, in lack of bilingual French youth due to French policies, employ German workers to service customers in the region.
In short, they didn't seem to be too happy with their Central government, its lack of understanding for the border region and their labour unions.
So if the department of Haut-Rhin decided to become a Canton of Switzerland, what would the French have to say about it?
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Employers say that you can't have both Swiss salaries and French contract conditions, and that if they were forced to give French working conditions, they would become uncompetitive and would move operations elsewhere.
As if there's another airport in the Basel area...???
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As if there's another airport in the Basel area...???
well exactly, the operations of those affected companies would be moved to some other airport, leaving many French (and Swiss and German) workers who don't want to relocate, unemployed.
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well exactly, the operations of those affected companies would be moved to some other airport, leaving many French (and Swiss and German) workers who don't want to relocate, unemployed.
Like what operations..? and aren't those "operations" already being carried out at other airports..?
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Old 10.06.2011, 20:54
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Re: Trouble at Euroairport

well, like aircraft maintenance for example - the customers don't really care if they have to fly to Basel, Zurich or Paris for that. we are not only talking about euro-airport employees here, there are several other companies affected.
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As if there's another airport in the Basel area...???
we're only an hour form ZRH!
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