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Construction firm banned from Switzerland

The Local · 23 Oct 2012, 12:49

Published: 23 Oct 2012 12:49 GMT+02:00

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Basel’s economy and labour office issued the ban against Bilfinger Berger after it heard how the company failed to properly pay 15 employees working on the Roche Tower in Basel, the Swiss weekly newspaper Der Sonntag reported.

Known as “wage dumping”, the company was found guilty of the practice of paying workers less than the standard rate set by the canton and industry. They were denied money for night and Saturday shifts.

The workers would be getting their owed wages – totalling nearly €75,000 - and Bilfinger Berger were ordered to pay a fine of around €30,000 as well as nearly €20,000 in administrative costs.

The continued strength of the Swiss franc against the euro has put pressure on Swiss wages, prompting concerns at the political level about pay controls being too lax.

Bilfinger Berger had said it would appeal the wage dumping decision initially made last May but earlier this month it decided to withdraw the appeal, the Basel economy and labour office confirmed on Monday.

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Malcolm Curtis

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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23:10 October 23, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Good. Now to ban German politics from the rest of the EU so as we can fix our economies due to Euro failure.
18:27 October 26, 2012 by dirving71
Good to see that there is country that will stand up for the little guy. Germany would have patted the company on the back. And Germans still wonder why skilled workers do not want to come work here and continue to leave for greener pastures elsewhere. As for Berlin fuer alles, German politics is not the problem. The euro is the problem and has been the problem since its inception.
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