The Zurich city council is calling for a training and wage offensive for the care sector: On Wednesday evening, it supported three initiatives with which the city is supposed to counteract the shortage of skilled workers.
In a move, the Greens and SP demanded, among other things, that the range of training courses in the field of care and support should be increased and that lateral entry should also be supported.
In another, they demanded that working conditions in nursing be improved, such as avoiding understaffing in individual teams and observing breaks and rest periods.
The FDP and SP also asked for a report that actually shows the reasons for the high fluctuation in the care sector. On the other hand, it should also outline the first possible solutions – with regard to wages and duty scheduling, for example.
Attractive working conditions
The employees in the care and support professions, who often work under difficult conditions and great pressure, were also with the current high rate of dropouts, it was said several times in the council debate.
“The situation is alarming,” said Marion Schmid (SP). Something has to move, said Julia Hofstetter (Greens). “We have to enable exemplary working conditions at the urban level.”
“The shortage of skilled workers is a major challenge,” replied City Councilor Andreas Hauri (GLP). The city endeavors to train the offspring itself. It exceeds the number of training places specified by the canton. In addition, the employment conditions are attractive, said Hauri, referring to the flexible working time models. Further improvements would be considered.
“The city council is positive about the concerns expressed in the proposals,” continued Hauri.