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Lack of workers: the financial system “can’t do with out moms anymore” and desires to assist nurseries


Lack of staffThe economy ‘can’t do without mothers anymore’ and wants to support nurseries

The Education Commission wants to support parents who send their child to kindergarten. The project did not receive unanimity among economic organizations.

To combat the shortage of staff, the authorities need all the parents, who therefore need help to let their child go.

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“Continued support aimed at a significant reduction in the contributions paid by parents”: this is the goal of the National Education Commission in a bill that wants to financially support parents on the one hand, and to increase the participation of the state in the creation of new nurseries. And, as notedSonntagsBlick”, there was support from people “who cannot be suspected of being leftists”.

Less good than anywhere

The Swiss Employers’ Union (UPS), in its online position paper, says it welcomes the idea, “especially in the context of a growing labor shortage.” For UPS, “the economy can no longer do without the significant labor potential represented by mothers.”

The bill provides for agreements between the cantons and the Confederation, under which a little more than 500 million francs will be allocated annually. At best, UPS would like to see this amount reduced somewhat. But in spirit “yes” is understandable. “The current basic conditions for reconciling family and professional life are clearly insufficient compared to other countries, which translates into high part-time activity with often very low levels of mother activity,” the union said.

well count the money

Enthusiasm at EconomieSuisse is not as strong, mainly for financial reasons. Recently again Ueli Maurer criticized parliament for spending too much, According to him. “The way the measures are financed is not clear,” EconomieSuisse also reports, reminding that in order to comply with the debt law, parliament will either have to cut spending or increase taxes. “Therefore, any additional costs require compensation,” says the umbrella.

The EconomieSuisse sets the bill’s success criteria. If the purpose of the measure is to promote the labor market, then funds should be allocated to working parents. “In order to guarantee a real impact on the labor shortage, it is necessary, for example, to require both parents to provide a minimum level of activity. If we do not link subsidies to professional activities, we are spending a lot of money without guaranteeing the effectiveness of the measure,” the position paper says. In addition, EconomieSuisse considers that the support of kindergartens, which oblige federalism, is above all a matter for the cantons.


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