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‘We eat pork’: Swiss company’s job listing for a driver accused of discrimination

An online job listing seeking a 'Swiss' driver has caused outrage among members of Switzerland's migrant community.

'We eat pork': Swiss company's job listing for a driver accused of discrimination
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An online job ad for Schärer Transport AG, a logistics company based in the canton of St Gallen, has been called out for discrimination by Switzerland's Federal Commission Against Racism (CFR).

“By emphasizing the desire to hire a 'Helvetian' and eating pork slices and sausages, we can assume that certain specific groups of the population are excluded,” Alma Wiecken, head of CFR, told Swiss daily 20 Minutes in response to furore at the online job listing. 

The advert's language also caused uproar among Swiss with a migrant background. The advert emphasizes that the company seeks an 'Eidgenossen', a term used to refer to somebody of Swiss origin, which can also have far-right connotations too. 

“From the onset it becomes clear that the management of Schärer Transport AG does not want to hire people with a migration background,” wrote Bujar Zenuni, president of the Switzerland's Social Democratic Party's faction of people with migrant backgrounds. 

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The ad states that “workers happily eat a pork steak and sausages together after work,” which Zenuni argues discriminates against several demographic groups who abstain from eating pork. 

“This is probably the first job ad that explicitly mentions what to eat after work. It sends the clear signal to Jewish, Muslim or vegetarian people, whether or not they are 'Eidgnessen' (ED: Confederates), that they are expected to eat the same,” said Zenuni in his online post titled 'Please, no foreigner!'.

 

 

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RACISM

Switzerland sticks with mountain name despite ‘racist’ ties

A Swiss town on Wednesday refused to rename the Agassizhorn mountain despite its namesake's espousal of racist views.

Switzerland sticks with mountain name despite 'racist' ties
Switzerland's Agassizhorn. Image: Creative Commons

The 19th century Swiss geologist Louis Agassiz was known for research into fish, fossils and glaciers, but he has also been criticised in recent years for defending racist ideas.

After emigrating to the United States in 1846, Agassiz argued for racial segregation and hierarchies, and fiercely attacked Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

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But mayor of the town of Grindelwald, Beat Bucher, disagreed with those who wanted to change the peak's name, saying: “We cannot erase the stains of history.”

In a reference to the central Swiss summit, Bucher added: “It is better to accept it with its positive and negative aspects.”

The mountain peak, at just under 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) is shared by two other municipalities, Guttannen and Fieschertal, which had already rejected a bid to rename it.

A fresh effort was made after the killing in late May of George Floyd, an African American asphyxiated by a white police officer, generated a global wave of revulsion against racist symbols.

A similar push to rename the mountain was rejected in 2007. 

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