In the small Migros Daily branch on Zollstrasse, not far from the main train station, there are only self-propelled machines. The sales staff can’t be seen anywhere on Sunday.
Migros opened this so-called “unmanned shop” in October 2020. Now, however, Migros is losing out to the Unia workers’ union, which has taken legal action against the concept. Because here, too, the staff is irreplaceable on Sundays.
Staff at the nearby branch in Shopville Central Station restock bread and baked goods. The remaining goods are already on the shelves on Saturdays – but this is not possible with bread. Then it will not be new.
However, the administrative court does not accept this exception for bread and baked goods, as evidenced by the ruling, which was also reported by the newspaper “New Zealand” on Tuesday.
This measure is a relaxation of the Sunday work ban. Even if Migros doesn’t sell bread and baked goods, you won’t get away with it.
The reason for this is the security staff who monitor the plowing, distract “uninvited” customers and keep the shop a little clean, for example if a package falls. In addition, this employee must turn on and off lights and alarms and place trash cans and an “open” sign in front of the store.
‘Migros can’t pass their attempt’
There are special permits for security personnel. However, these will not apply in this case, writes to the Administrative Court. If the store is not open, there will be no need for security personnel.
This revokes Sunday’s permit issued by the Cantonal Office of Economics and Labor (AWA) for the “unmanned shop”. The trade union Unia Zurich-Schaffhausen welcomes the decision of the Administrative Court. “Migros will not succeed in trying to replace the sales staff with security,” Unia spokeswoman Nicole Niedermüller said upon request.
It was another attempt to rescind the ban on work on Sundays. Migros can still take the case to federal court. Until a final verdict, the shop will remain open on Sundays, without sales staff, but safely. (SDA)
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