Three employees from retirement homes in Linz have to reckon with legal consequences after the Corona demo on the weekend in Vienna. They appeared there with a banner saying “Senior Centers Linz say no to mandatory vaccinations”, informed Vice Mayor Karin Hörzing (SPÖ) on Tuesday. You see a limit being crossed. The SZL Seniorenzentren Linz GmbH distance itself from the appearance, they will part with the employees.
The basic right to freedom of assembly and the right to articulate reservations are undisputedly available to everyone, according to Hörzing, who is also the chairwoman of the SZL supervisory board. “On the other hand, it is not acceptable if personal opinions are conveyed in a way that appeals to the employer, as evidently happened at the Corona demo last Saturday in Vienna.” The lettering on the banner “in no way reflects the company’s point of view” and counteracts its efforts to maintain a high vaccination rate to protect residents.
This “appropriation of the Linz senior centers in an inappropriately damaging manner” will be prosecuted under labor law, and the affected employees will be separated, according to Hörzing. In two cases this has already happened, it was said from her office, in another on the move. The violation of the FFP2 mask requirement during the demonstration also represents “behavior that massively damages the basis of trust”. Particular caution should be exercised with health workers who deal with vulnerable groups.
Also the Upper Austria. Verkehrsverbund (OÖVV) is currently investigating a case in which an employee may have expressed his negative opinion about the vaccination in connection with his service: A picture circulating on social media shows an OÖVV bus with the text “Impfen is murder ”emblazoned. Internal investigations are ongoing, but have not yet led to any results. The fact that the photo is a fake is more likely to be ruled out. (APA / red)