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Znüni News – Wednesday August 28

Hard times for national companies, both Swiss Steel and Schurter have announced that they have had to implement reduced working hours for the majority of their employees. This means that for two weeks during the month of September the company pays 50% of the salary and unemployment takes on 40%, meaning that the employee loses 10% of their salary. Reduced work hours is voluntary (an employee can refuse it) but in the long run it saves the company from having to lay staff off. The slowing down of the auto industry is to blame according to the companies. Since May 14 companies in the canton have had to use reduced working hours. 
Back in March a 70 year old woman in Basel stabbed a 6 year old boy to death. She claims that she did this to make the city aware of all the injustices she perceives to have been a victim of. She shows no regret and refers to the incident as a necessary means. She has been in and out of psychiatric care since the 70s and is using as many legal delay tactics to slow the judicial process against her down. She remains in jail.
Finally on a more positive note, as part of the Lucerne Festival today the „Music from around the world“ programme will begin. Eight bands will be playing for free in the streets of Lucerne, at the Kornmarkt, Weinmarkt, Mühleplatz and the Sentitreff from 18.00 to 22.00. So be sure to stroll around and enjoy!

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.