Member Mail 6 / 2020

Coronavirus: Exceptional Situation III

Dear Colleagues

Our country is still in a state of emergency. Nobody knows when the crisis is going to end. Right now, the most important thing is to protect people from serious illness and its consequences. At the same time, it is crucial to maintain their buying power. This is the only way to prevent a complete economic breakdown and to ensure that all aspects of life – be they social or economic – can go back to normal as soon as possible.

The situation in the aviation industry remains problematic. We share the worldwide demands of our international umbrella organisations ITF ( and ETF (

  1. Health protection
  2. Preservation of workplaces
  3. Wage protection
  4. Protection of infrastructure

Together with other Swiss unions, we have submitted a letter to the Federal Council on 20 March 2020, demanding the following:

We ask you for temporary financial support of the aviation industry to ensure its survival of the crisis. After the storm, the industry must be able to reconnect Switzerland to the world and contribute to the country’s economic success again.

The government’s aid package is currently being refined. We ask the public authorities (federal and/or cantonal government) to add emergency supplementary funds to the aid package in order to preserve the system. The goal is to reach 100% pay in case of short-time work, unemployment, or loss of salary caused by the corona crisis (this could be limited to wages up to CHF 7’000 per month, for example). 

Many companies in the aviation industry strive to answer employees’ questions with offensive communication strategies.

In this time of crisis, we are here to defend the interests of our members.

Many questions concerning labour legislation can be found online at (in German/French/Italian). We are also happy to provide personal information.

Contact us with your enquiry:

Regula Pauli, Union Secretary SEV, ,
+41 79 464 37 32, Focus: Swissport Zurich

Markus Cadosch, Union Secretary SEV, , +41 79 467 14 63, Focus: Swiss

Pablo Guarino, Union Secretary SEV, ,
+41 76 822 37 15, Focus: Swissport Geneva, Swiss Geneva, Geneva Airport

Philipp Hadorn, SEV-GATA President & Union Secretary SEV, , +41 79 600 96 70, Focus: Swiss, Aviation (General)

For administrative questions: Ariane Mose, , +41 31 357 57 46

Our executive committee members:

Dominik Fischer, Vice President SEV-GATA, , +34 655 511 074, MA Swiss

Andreas Breker, , +49 160 953 06 520, MA Swiss (retired)

Thomas Blum, , +41 76 489 44 46, MA Swissport Zurich

Bert Charles Füller, , +41 79 880 15 45, MA Swiss (Technics)

Andreas Marti, , +41 79 402 13 27, MA Swissport Zurich

Our trusted representatives at Swiss in Zurich:

Matthias Claus, ,  +41 76 246 78 34

Sandra Häfeli, , +41 79 541 07 04

Jeffrey Kast, , +41 79 419 99 25

Thomas Krause, , +41 79 843 46 25

Your union SEV-GATA is at your side, particularly in times of crisis!

«Stay healthy!»

Kind regards,

Philipp Hadorn, President

SEV-GATA, your union in the aviation industry!
Philipp Hadorn, President GATA: SEV-Aviation
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