Large companies such as Migros or SBB, which outsource printing jobs to cheaper foreign countries, are partly to blame for the loss of valuable jobs in the Swiss graphic arts industry. Syndicom wrote this in a press release on Saturday. It is absurd that the large and financially strong media publishers Tamedia, NZZ and Ringier or Presses Centrales PCL in Renens are also calling into question job security in Swiss print shops by outsourcing the printing of their own products to neighboring countries.
The GIV industry conference firmly rejects the attack by the employers' association Viscom, which is radically questioning important achievements of the collective labor agreement in the upcoming CLA negotiations, the statement continues. In this context, it is particularly absurd that the large and financially strong media publishers Tamedia, NZZ and Ringier or Presses Centrales SA (PCL) in Renens are also taking part in this "arms race" by outsourcing the printing of their own products to neighboring countries, thus further calling into question job security in Swiss print shops. Correct minimum wages would also be of increasing importance in the graphic arts industry, not least in the peripheral regions and for apprenticeship graduates. Instead of "detailed fixing of minimum wages" in order to strengthen "entrepreneurial room for maneuver," there should no longer be an hourly wage below 22 Swiss francs in the graphic arts industry, said Syndicom. Viscom mocks all night and shift workers by claiming that the "excessive regime of compensation for work at night and on Sundays and public holidays" offers "false incentives" and weakens "the competitiveness of the industry." Working at unscheduled hours results in serious restrictions on the social life of employees.
Therefore, the industry conference demands: No further reduction of night, Sunday and holiday surcharges. The GIV industry conference is well aware of the difficult conditions for Swiss print shops, the statement continues. However, instead of stirring up social tensions in the industry and in the companies, as Viscom's provocative attack on the CLA is attempting to do, the delegates from Swiss print shops are ensuring that the situation is calmed down. They called on the Viscom employers' association to stick to the results of the last negotiations: The current CLA will be renewed without any cuts - at the same time, it must be declared valid for the entire industry by becoming generally binding".