In the legislature, frontier candidates favor telecommuting

It is rare in the Geneva Basin that elected officials from all walks of life and from different countries agree on a political issue. Teleworking has succeeded in this challenge. All believe that this new way of working must be generalized in the name of, among other things, sustainable development (reduction of commuter mobility, reduction of pollution, improvement of air quality).

However, the file is complex. Reminder of the facts. One of the corollaries of the health crisis is, as we know, the widespread use of teleworking, which requires confinement and because customs were closed to most border workers. Faced with this unprecedented situation, the Swiss and French authorities had to juggle and show flexibility. Because the current European regulations did not allow a frontier worker to telecommute more than one day a week (25% of working time). On 13 May, they therefore agreed to temporarily derogate from the application of the tax provisions of the so-called 1966 Convention. days worked in Switzerland and therefore taxed in Switzerland. This agreement, which has been extended several times, runs until June 30, 2022, with the hope of a new renewal.

A long-term solution is being called for today. This is what several Ensemble candidates meant in Geneva on Friday! (presidential majority) in the legislative elections, the first round of which is being held this Sunday in France. They were gathered around Marc Ferracci, a widely qualified candidate for the French Abroad (Switzerland and Liechtenstein) last week. “Telework is a powerful lever for decarbonizing the economy, provided it is regulated and regulated,” said the economist close to President Macron, who specializes in labor market issues.

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One of the demands is that it can be extended up to 40% of the working time. Who would be affected? “Border workers in the nearest areas, the Ain and Haute-Savoie for our region because beyond that there would be a risk of distortion and competition,” argues Olga Givernet, MP for the Ain and candidate for his re-election.

Read our portrait: Olga Givernet, heiress to the “Borgen” series on the outskirts of Geneva

Better well-being

Haute-Savoie MP, also a candidate for re-election, Virginie Duby-Muller (Republicans) goes in the same direction. On June 2, she and other right-wing elected officials wrote a letter to the Minister of Labor calling for the resumption of bilateral agreements with the neighboring country at the fiscal and social level. “They make it possible to suspend the authorized teleworking rate without changing the affiliations of those concerned to social security schemes, thus facilitating the daily lives of frontier workers,” she said. The will is also there to make the agreements last: “A large number of companies and frontier workers are seeing better well-being through teleworking,” insists the right-wing MP.

In addition, the European cross-border group (based in Annemasse, which has 30,000 frontier workers) and the Federation of French-speaking companies sent a letter to the French and Swiss presidents asking them to extend the amicable settlement, time to find a lasting solution ”. Letter emphasizing the strengths of the “home office” and the risk of unnecessary tensions related to the return of more than 200,000 frontier workers (including 120,000 in Greater Geneva) to their workplaces.

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