Opposition to compulsory vaccination at Swiss Air growing
Swiss Air now requires that its employees be vaccinated by mid-November, but not everyone agrees. Several hundred employees have formed a group demanding more detailed clarifications because the vaccination could be a threat to flight safety.
Published: September 5, 2021, 10:11 am
Swiss Air’s flying personnel will soon be subject to mandatory vaccination. The company justified this move saying that the entry regulations abroad sometimes require a vaccination. But much is still unclear. The Swiss emeritus law professor Thomas Geiser, an expert in labor law, expressed concern about whether the demand was as easy to enforce as Swiss Air believes it is.
A group of Swiss employees has also been campaigning against the compulsory vaccination. The pilot known as PF [name known to the editors], who represents the group and, like everyone else, wants to remain anonymous, talked to the media about it for the first time. He said that up until a few days ago there were over 200 employees, but since then many more have joined the group against mandatory vaccination. Officially, there is now talk of “several hundred employees”, including mainly flight personnel.
Concern about flight safety
They are primarily concerned about the many unanswered questions about vaccination and its possible effects. “At the moment we cannot simply rule out that the vaccination could endanger flight safety,” said PF. According to him, possible side effects such as thrombosis or a blood clot could be fatal for flight operations and must be further clarified. Swiss Air has an obligation to dispel these concerns. “But anyone who is currently asking questions is only repeatedly referred to facts and figures from the Federal Office of Public Health, even though there is sufficient evidence from other medical sources that indicate possible dangers.”
According to their own statements, the group does not want to operate a total opposition to the vaccination, but rather to seek dialogue. There were definitely ways to avoid a general vaccination requirement, said the pilot. “On European routes, for example, there are only a few flights with subsequent entry. One could certainly find individual solutions instead of vaccinating everyone across the board.”
Fear of reprisals
According to PF and his colleagues, the problem is: Nobody dares to speak to management directly, individual employees are afraid for their job. That is why they networked as a group and are considering contacting the Swiss Air management through an external third party or a lawyer as a spokesperson. In the meantime, the airline has been informed of the existence of the group, but a dialogue has not started.
The opponents of a general vaccination requirement at Swiss Air have set up a website to inform and network with other interested parties. The members of the group therefore include both unvaccinated and vaccinated employees who do not agree to a general vaccination requirement.
Their website noted: “This platform serves as an anonymous point of contact where like-minded people can get in touch. Here we can work together to clarify the open questions. Together, we can manage to reconcile the interests of the company, the authorities and the employees and, above all, make an important contribution to maintaining aviation safety.”
According to PF, Swiss Air pretends that there was a high level of acceptance for the mandatory vaccination within the company, claiming a rate of “85 percent approval” for the notion. But that should be put into perspective. This number refers to an article which was published internally. The company maintained that 85 percent had agreed because they had read the statement. “This is a very one-sided platform, voices to the contrary are partially deleted, and hardly anyone dares to express criticism,” said PF.
What happens to the unvaccinated?
The group now demands that a vaccination decision remain an individual one, and that whoever speaks out against it should not have to suffer any negative effects. Swiss Air however announced that everyone had to be vaccinated by November 15. But what if the opposite happened? The outcome of this scenario was not communicated to its workforce.
The pilot also wanted to know what happened to the people who had been vaccinated in January. Would they have to come for the third booster injection? In addition: “So far it has not been announced what this vaccination requirement will include. Is this obligation fixed for the long term, based on a process that has not yet been checked, tested or approved?”
He said it felt like a “David versus Goliath” battle even though the group represents the interests of the company by worrying about flight safety: “We just want our safety and that of our passengers to be guaranteed.” It was indeed questionable whether there was an operational need for mandatory vaccination, especially in terms of the potential risks it could pose. Currently, their labour union has not been very supportive either, because it believes that mandatory vaccination was legally justifiable.
The group specifically called for an “expert neutral assessment” of the possible effects of the vaccination on flight safety since there are enough doctors outside the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (FOPH) who have valid concerns about the long-term effects of the vaccination.
Cases in Israel with mask mandates and vaccine passports are 1,191% higher than Sweden where no one is wearing masks and there are no vaccine passports so get ready for more mask mandates and vaccine passport recommendations from purposefully ignorant experts pic.twitter.com/7shVO0YJY6
— IM (@ianmSC) September 6, 2021
Upon request, Swiss Air announced that it was aware of the website and that an anonymous group had sent the company a letter. “We are happy to talk to you,” said the media office. They appreciate honest feedback and freedom of expression, “even if a topic is controversial.” But the introduction of the mandatory vaccination was still planned for November 15.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
BudapestThe result of parliamentary elections in Hungary in April 2022 has been the bane of the opposition. The defeated movement around Péter Márki-Zay received illegal funds from the US on a larger scale than previously thought, according to a recently declassified intel report. Most media outlets have been silent about it.
GenevaThe WHO has introduced a global patient file with the vaccinated and unvaccinated to be codified in future.
ParisAn investigation by Médiapart revealed that the Renaissance deputy of Hauts-de-Seine Emmanuel Pellerin used cocaine, before as well as after his election.
StockholmAfter the burning of the Quran in Stockholm, Turkey has no intention of allowing Sweden to join NATO. Sweden's Prime Minister, on the other hand, pointed to the importance of freedom of expression. The NATO Secretary General also spoke up on the matter.
BerlinThe asylum disaster continues unabated in 2023. According to a confidential "Status Report on Migration and Refugees" by the EU Commission dated January 11, the number of asylum applications in the EU rose by around half in the past year to well over 900 000.
ParisSome 150 000 students marched in Paris on January 21 against pension reform, according to the youth organisations that initiated the demonstration, but only 14 000 according to sources close to the Macron administration.
KievJust 14 days after the President of the Ukrainian National Bank (who is said to have embezzled 5,42 million euros) applied for asylum in Austria, Deputy Minister Wassyl Losynsky was arrested.
Countries across Europe are currently experiencing warmer-than-expected weather for the first few days of the year. Experts say that even if an energy crisis has been averted for the moment, cold weather or supply delays could still create an upheaval further down the line.
ParisThe French president has spoken out in a YouTube video in response to comments from climate cultists, NGOs and green political opponents who were "shocked" by remarks made about the climate during his December 31, 2022 greetings.
RomeIt has been a disturbing development. Despite its right-wing government, which has now been in office for almost three months, the number of illegal immigrants in Italy continues to rise steeply. This has caused many voters to become dissatisfied with the right-wing government under Giorgia Meloni.