The SP submitted the postulate in December 2020 because the city had approved Sunday sales on four of the last five Sundays. The party saw that the limits of what was reasonable for the sales staff had been exceeded. This has a right to rest.
For the FDP, however, Sunday sales are not a tribulation, but an opportunity, as Severin Pfluger said: Many people like to work on Sundays, they appreciate the flexibility and the wage supplement. There is nothing exploitative about it, as the left side of the Council likes to claim.
The SP did not like these statements. Marco Geissbühler said that the FDP is only concerned with having staff available around the clock and every day. Those affected should also be able to have a say. “The FDP will not like it, but the days of feudal rule are over.”
Since factory laws on the other side
Luca Maggi (Greens) doubled that all these “oh so good” working conditions, which are now being praised by the council right, were always won in hard struggles – against the resistance of the bourgeoisie. “Ever since the first factory laws, you’ve been on the other side.”
Stephan Iten (SVP) didn’t want to let that stand: “I have the shop down here and my neck is so big,” he said. Everything he hears is employer bashing. “You might think we’re the worst people in the world.” The postulators should rather set up and manage a company themselves in order to broaden their horizons.
Michael Schmid (FDP) concluded that the left side of the council was only concerned with preventing Sunday sales. “They made that all too clear.”
The postulancy was referred to the city council by a vote of 68 to 47.