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For the Federation of Trade Unions, the Federal Council’s approach is not viable

The Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB) fears a painful deterioration in wage protection as a result of the Federal Council's decision. For the SGB, the path taken by the Federal Council is not viable.

Controlling semi-criminal companies will become more difficult, the SGB wrote in a press release on Friday. There is a possibility that employers will no longer have to pay for overnight stays and meals when employees work away from home.

In recent months, the trade unions have signaled their willingness to participate in a restructuring of the accompanying measures so that an agreement with the EU is possible. However, the Federal Council is now giving its negotiators the authority to relinquish parts of the accompanying measures in the negotiations without any binding assurances as to how the resulting gaps in wage protection will be closed.

The bilateral agreements must benefit employees in Switzerland, the statement continued. The accompanying measures play a key role here, as the risk of dumping is particularly high in Switzerland.

With regard to electricity, the SGB supports efforts to remain part of the European high-voltage grid. However, it rejects the opening of the electricity market.

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