† The Swiss Economy Facing Omicron: “Small Business Emergency Cases”
Employers must grit their teeth in the face of a fifth wave that has not yet reached its peak. With a lack of staff, exhaustion awaits entrepreneurs who have to juggle tasks. The Swiss economy has paradoxically strengthened since the start of the pandemic.
“You have to bite your teeth.† That is the message that Christophe Reymond, director of the Centrum Patronaat, gives to companies and SMEs. the variant Omicrons of the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the workforce. The number of absent employees is counted between sick and quarantined persons tens of thousands of people. and do†afterwe have not yet reached the projections of the experts the culmination of the fifth wave. Of the†general opinion, a shock awaits us on MondayJanuary 10 with the start of the school year and the resumption of activities at full speed† after the break†year.
“D†after the calls that come in to our hotline, we can say that of many†employees, the holidays are currently being extended by a quarantine or declared invalid by a Covid-19 declared during this period† Some SMEs have had to close production lines due to staff shortages† This is the case, for example, for bakeries.» resumes Christophe Reymond. But more would be needed before the Vaudois lost all optimism. “The situation is paradoxical. d†according to the indicators available to the Center Patronal, the economic activity of our members has increased by 5% since the start of the pandemic, despite all the obstacles that†had to be overcome. Switzerland is going through this crisis in an extraordinary way.†
Hairdressers and beauticians struck hard
Responsible forLegal Serviceic de the FER (Federation of Companies rorders), Olivia GuyotUnger notes: †There are cases of real distress in the smallest businesses. Bosses who have been robbed of half their staff must do it †one man show† The worst affected sectors are of course the sectors that do not lend themselves to teleworking if industrial production,†hotels and restaurants. Olivia Guyot-Unger points out: †The people performing personal service professions such as hairdressers and beauticians are affectedands full power.†
†At Migros throughout Switzerland,†let’s not record more than†sick leave than in other years. We rely on very good, proven security concepts. We carefully observe the†evolution of the situation and are prepared for different scenarios†, explains Tristan Cerf, spokesman. As with Migros, Coop is pleased with the quality of the system put in place to deal with the pandemic: †Specially trained employees ensure that protective measures are taken. All our supermarkets are open and we remain able to fulfill our mission of†deliver, like us†have done so far†See you soon,” said Nico Nabholz, spokesperson for Coop.
“The shocks of the pandemic can be effectively cushioned.”
Christophe Reymond, Director of the Center Patronal
Our Contacts all praise the soundness of the support system (partial unemployment, loss of wages insurance) introduced after the first wave. “We are no longer in the same situation as†at the start of the pandemic. Today†today, vibrations can be damped by efficient structures†, says Christophe Reymond. Yet some fall through the cracks.
In the mountains we have seen several restaurants forced to close, while d†other locations†help each other by lending staff to make up for absences. “As long as the closures are not a measure imposed by the government, government support will remain possible, but under very strict conditions. This is the case for Covid benefits for loss of income, short-time working (RHT) compensation, or even help for so-called “hardship” cases, tip Olivia Guyotapprox. In short, time to brave the administrative forms and find out.For its part, the ridgeSwiss economysSwitzerland calls on governments through press to reduce quarantine to five days, instead of seven True ten depending on the cantons.
Mary Vakaridis is a reporter. She has worked for several titles in the daily press, as well as for television and then for radio Romande (RTS). A graduate of the University of Lausanne in Letters, she cherishes her status as a journalist, allowing her to unleash her curiosity.
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