Swiss paper says French workers seen as lazy

July 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

BERN, Switzerland, July 29 (UPI) -- Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche said job recruiters in the country are trying to avoid French workers, seen as lazy and likely to call in sick.

The newspaper quoted unnamed recruitment agency officials as saying the requirement "Swiss or resident in Switzerland" is being added to postings to avoid French applicants, as their clients consider French workers lazy and likely to call in sick Mondays and Fridays, The Local.fr reported Monday.

The head of recruitment at an unnamed construction firm told the newspaper French workers are seen as having a "vengeful" attitude, so they are avoided while workers from other countries are welcomed.

"There's always a problem. It's totally different with the Spanish and the Portuguese," the recruitment head said.

Le Matin Dimanche said requiring the applicants to be "Swiss or resident in Switzerland" is actually against European Union rules, causing some firms to require applicants to be fluent in German, despite the language being unnecessary for the positions.

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