Tiroler Tageszeitung, leading article, edition of July 19, 2021. By ALOIS VAHRNER. “Swarovski needs clear fronts quickly”.

Innsbruck (OTS) The ultimate demand for resignation from the top management by the group around Markus Langes-Swarovski marks a new high point in the family-internal power struggle. The time for a break free is pressing more and more.

The Dallas and Denver clan used to be, today the family saga takes place in Tyrol, and it is completely real and with threatening consequences for thousands of employees. Since the founding of the crystal company by the Bohemian immigrant Daniel Swarovski in 1895, the company, which has long been known worldwide, has had many brilliant successes, but also serious crises such as in the 1970s or later with the bankruptcy of the Zale retail chain in the USA.
The more than 200 members today and around 75 shareholders with voting rights did not always agree, even in the past. Such a public power struggle, like the one that has been going on since the previous year, has never been seen in the previously often secretive group. The massive job cuts, especially in Wattens, discussions about the restructuring of the structures including a possible IPO and fears that the head office will be relocated to Switzerland under the current leadership of Robert Buchbauer and Mathias Margreiter, had already occurred in the previous year in the workforce, national politics and parts of the family were also shaken up – and as a result of the Corona upheaval, there was also a massive loss and the failure of the previously generous dividend.
One thing is clear: The group, which had to struggle with extremely cheap competition from Chinese crystal components, for example, before the Corona crisis, has to vigorously rebuild its structures and also save if it does not want to lose its independence and even endanger its existence. And encrusted family decision-making and power structures of the Swarovski clan should have long been changed.
The how, however, is highly controversial, as the legal dispute with the Manfred family group, who feels they have been booted out, shows on the open stage and with lawsuits involving millions. But the new highlight is undoubtedly the letter from a group around the two largest shareholders, Markus Langes-Swarovski and Marina Giori-Lhota, to the shareholders, in which they ultimately demand that Buchbauer and Margreiter withdraw from the top of the company this year and the appointment of family-independent managers (the TT reported exclusively). Especially since the group around Industry President Christoph Swarovski is calling for this, the days of Buchbauers are finally numbered in view of a two-thirds majority against him.
Swarovski has to get back into calm waters quickly. Family members have often mentioned responsibility for the legacy of founder Daniel Swarovski with Wattens as “heart and brain”. Now it is important to do justice to this with courage and the will to reach agreement.

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Less work, more free time: Iceland’s four-day week is a “complete success”

Work less, more free time
Iceland’s four day week is a “complete success”

Iceland has completed the world’s largest experiment to reduce working hours with full pay with a positive result. Scientists speak euphorically of a blueprint for the whole world. For the majority of the Icelandic workforce, the 42-hour workweek is a thing of the past.

Iceland has found its answer to the issue of work-life balance. The island with its almost 400,000 inhabitants, which has experimented with model tests to shorten working weeks over the past seven years, draws an outstanding balance. The final report by the British think tank Autonomy and the Icelandic Association for Sustainability and Democracy (Alda) said the studies were “an overwhelming success”.

In the words of Autonomy’s research director Will Stronge, it was “the world’s greatest attempt at shorter public hours ever”. He is proving that “the public sector is ripe to lead the way in shorter working weeks and that lessons can be learned from this for other governments,” the BBC quoted him as saying.

At least for Iceland: everyone was extremely satisfied with the shorter working weeks with full wages. Those in employment reported having less stress and being healthier, as well as having more time for their families and housework, and being able to pursue their hobbies. Employers also had nothing to complain about, because neither productivity nor performance of employees would have suffered from the reduced working hours; according to the study, they have for the most part even improved.

Better time management is the be-all and end-all

How this was achieved is particularly interesting against the background of the experience in the pandemic. Because, according to the report, the key to success was better time management, which also paid off in the Corona crisis: Meetings were organized more tightly or replaced by e-mails. In addition, tasks have been canceled and shifts reorganized.

A total of almost 3,000 employees from preschools, administrative offices, social services and hospitals took part in the model tests in 2015 and 2019. Their working hours were reduced from 40 to 36 or 35 hours. All research shows that “wellbeing has increased dramatically” without productivity suffering, according to the authors.

For the authors of the study, the results are therefore a blueprint: “The quantitative and qualitative data collected provide important real-world evidence of the benefits of reducing working hours, which allay worries about falling productivity and support the assumption of improved worker well-being,” says in the study.

It is important to the authors that they were able to refute a widespread argument of the employers’ associations: that shorter working weeks lead to overtime and overwork. This assumption is strongly propagated, but has been refuted by the study results. The reduction in working hours actually led to the fact that those in employment worked less. The “implementation of new work strategies in the workplace” and “the organization of tasks through cooperation between ordinary employees and managers” helped.

40-hour work week is history

Thanks to the results, the model has caught on at least in Iceland: the trade unions and their associations have already implemented permanent reductions in working hours for tens of thousands of their members across the country. Overall, around 86 percent of the total Icelandic working population now either has shorter working hours or they have the contractual right to reduce their working hours.

How reliable the findings from Iceland are for other economies cannot be said. But one thing is certain: the time was ripe for Iceland. According to the OECD, weekly working hours were previously among the highest in the world and the average working life of 47 years was among the longest in Europe. Gudmundur Haraldsson, researcher at Alda, commented: “The shorter working week in Iceland shows us that today it is not only possible to work less, but also that progressive changes are possible.”

Similar studies are currently being carried out in many countries, including Spain, where companies introduced a four-day working week for companies, partly due to the challenges posed by the coronavirus. The consumer goods giant Unilever is experimenting with reduced working hours in New Zealand. Employees can reduce their working hours by up to 20 percent, also with full wages. Something is also happening in Great Britain: In May, a report commissioned by the Platform London project group came to the conclusion that shorter working hours could reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

Above all, less work and more leisure time seems to be a model that appeals to the Scandinavian countries. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 35, is said to be seriously considering a four-day week.


Apple looks beyond Silicon Valley to recruit employees

According to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple is “stepping up efforts to decentralize out of Silicon Valley” after the company recently struggled to recruit and retain talent for its California headquarters.

In his Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, Gurman suggests that Apple is ready to abandon its tradition of luring technologists to Cupertino and instead open offices in locations where the cost of ownership is less high and the cost of living is lower for employees are not that prohibitive (via “Macrumors”).

The company is said to be losing talent because employees struggle to afford the high cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, despite being high earners by most standards, Gurman writes. For example, many engineers who spoke to Gurman would have complained that they were unable to balance the cost of living with things like tuition for their children and long-term savings.


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Randstad: These are the most attractive companies in Austria for applicants and future employees

A recent study by Randstad names the country’s top employers in 2021

Vienna (OTS) The well-known personnel service provider Randstad has again surveyed Austria’s top employers this year. According to the representative employer branding study by Randstad, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, AVL List, Siemens, BMW Austria and Kepler University Hospital are the five most attractive companies for potential applicants and future employees. Around three quarters of those surveyed cite attractive salaries and social benefits as well as a pleasant working atmosphere as the two most important factors when it comes to choosing their future employer.

Despite the current pandemic, many companies in Austria are desperately looking for qualified specialists. The attractiveness of the potential employer plays an important role here. According to the latest employer branding study by the international personnel service provider Randstad, for which around 3,800 applicants and future employees in Austria were surveyed, 74 percent of those questioned saw attractive salaries and social benefits as the most important factor when choosing an employer. 71 percent of them appreciate the pleasant working atmosphere and job security. The fourth and fifth place among the relevant factors are shared by the work-life balance and the company’s financial stability, each with 61 percent. “When it comes to what Austrian employers offer potential applicants and future employees, financial stability, very good reputation and job security take the top three places.”, comments Bjørn Toonen, Managing Director of Randstad Austria.

Selected top employer in the country

Healthcare, pharmaceutical and chemical industry, the automotive sector, plant and machine construction as well as manufacturing companies are therefore the five most attractive sectors for the employees surveyed. Specifically, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, AVL List, Siemens, BMW Austria and Kepler University Hospital are the top five employers in Austria in terms of awareness and attractiveness. “These companies are perceived as financially stable by future employees. In addition, they have a very good reputation and thus ensure secure jobs and diverse career opportunities “says Ulla Havas, Chief Operating Officer of Randstad Austria.

The labor market remains dynamic

The topic of employer branding has not lost its relevance despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last six months, for example, nine percent of those surveyed changed their job in search of an attractive employer. Almost every fifth employee (17 percent) plans to find a new job in the next six months.

At the same time, the pandemic has strengthened employee loyalty: 51 percent of those surveyed now feel more closely connected to their current employer. 62 percent of employees in Austria think that their jobs will be secure despite the current economic crisis, while almost one in five (18 percent) is afraid of losing a job this year.

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Young offspring for safe railways

The handover of the certificates to the LLA students was “something special in a special place”.

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By Alexander Paschinger

St. Leonhard, Imst – On the “roof of Tyrol”, at the highest point of the Pitztal Glacier ski area at 3440 meters and at eye level with the Wildspitze – this is where the first cable car operators of the Agricultural State College (LLA) Imst received their certificates from the State Economic Council on Friday Toni Mattle.

Not only were the four girls and 25 boys proud of their coveted additional qualifications. Stephan Prantauer, State School Inspector of the Agricultural School System, was also extremely pleased with this first course. The students had to complete 45 hours with two practical days on the cable cars from Sölden to St. Anton. For the director of the LLA Imst, Thomas Moritz, it is another attractive offer for the young people at his school.

“It has nothing to do with the Lifteler from the past,” emphasized Wolfgang Lamprecht from Wifi Tirol, which acts as the Austria-wide competence center for the cable car industry computer-aided systems. ”After two years of continuing apprenticeship, the ropeway technician is open. “This training here is also the first step to become an operations manager,” explained Lamprecht. And indeed, some of these LLA students already have a cable car job up their sleeve from the summer.

“There are no compromises when it comes to safety,” reminded LR Toni Mattle, also referring to the tragic cable car accident from Lake Maggiore. Cable cars are the “royal class of tourism” in Tyrol. “Tourism without a cable car – that is not possible with us in Tyrol”, said “landlord” Franz Wackernell, authorized signatory of the Pitztaler Gletscherbahnen.


8 records of “Wings” and Sergeev, 151 send-offs, 10 hat-tricks and super first ever “Orenburg”

The ended FNL season is in the mirror of numbers.


penalties for Nizhny Novgorod. And the same number of goals from the penalty spot have Bryansk “Dynamo”, which, however, performed them only two times – the least of all.


for almost a year, from November 12, 2019 to November 1, 2020, Tom could not score away.


goals were the average performance of the championship. A total of 1132 goals were scored.


Red cards were earned by 18-year-old Chertanovo defender Konstantin Lyakhov. Shinnik beat Torpedo three times (taking into account the Cup), despite the fact that the outsider has only 5 victories during the season without taking into account the “medical” one over “Yenisei”.


Orenburg suffered losses in 42 rounds.


played in the 16th round “Alania” and “Shinnik”, and in the 78th minute Yaroslavl were leading in three goals. The last time SKA and Mordovia scored 4 goals each in Khabarovsk 10 years ago. Spartak-2 and Fakel also scored 8 goals (3: 5).


strong-willed victories at “Nizhny”.

Nizhny Novgorod scored their first strong-willed victory of the season over Tekstilshchik – 2: 1 / Photo: © FC Nizhny Novgorod


own goals at Krasnodar-2.


technical defeats were awarded due to outbreaks of coronavirus in teams: 3 – Dynamo Bryansk and Yenisei, 2 – Shinnik. They also removed 6 points from Dynamo for hiding covid.


goals, coming on as a substitute, were scored by Egor Golenkov from Samara.


hat tricks. Five (a record!) On the account of Wings of the Soviets prima Ivan Sergeev, two – in Dmitry Vorobyov, who performed the “hat trick” in both Volgar and Orenburg. Konstantin Bazelyuk from SKA-Khabarovsk, Eduard Spertsyan from Krasnodar-2 and Merabi Uridia from Neftekhimik each.


victories in a row won “Wings of the Soviets”, rewriting the book of records of the FNL.


once the judges appointed a penalty to Veles’ goal (12 realized).


11-meter shot by “Alania” (implemented 11).


major victories at the “Wings of the Soviets”. 7-0 with Dynamo Bryansk (this result was repeated in the Krasnodar-2 – Spartak-2 match) – the most devastating score in the FNL for all years.


victorious goals in the asset of Sergeev, which no one has previously been able to do.


years, 9 months and 10 days was the author of the “youngest” goal in the history of the first league, Sergei Pinyaev, when he hit the Irtysh goal. By that time, the left insider “Chertanovo” had already become the youngest assistant in the championship. In total, Pinyaev has 2 goals and 6 assists on his balance sheet.

Sergey Pinyaev / Photo: © FC Chertanovo


rounds from the start Orenburg did not lose, surpassing Khimki’s 2019 achievement by 6 games.


assists, according to calculations, from the midfielder of Samartsev Dmitry Kabutov.


matches for “zero” were played by the goalkeeper of “Alania” Rostislav Soldatenko.


matches was a win-win streak of “NN”. The same number – lose-lose “Shinnik”. And the same number of home victories in a row for Krylia, who beat the achievement of KAMAZ in 1992.


yellow cards for the captain of “Baltika” Mladen Kascelan. At the same time, the Montenegrin defensive midfielder has never been removed.

Baltika captain Mladen Kaschelan / Photo: © FC Baltika


the ball was scored by the players of “Alania”, who came on as a substitute. 21 – people from Samara.


own goal, including five goalkeepers. Defenders Mikhail Sivakov (Orenburg) and Ivan Lapshov (Tom) hit their gates 2 times


Sergeev’s goals – a new record for the first division. The former – Terek forward Andrey Fedkov (38) – lasted 17 years. In the USSR, Stepan Yurchishin from Karpaty scored the most in the first league: 42 goals in 1979.


The match was played by Sergeev, the only FNL player who did not miss a single round during the hellish coronavirus season.


Orenburg scored points on the road. Prior to that, in the entire history of the first league, Dynamo Moscow played the most away games (46) in the 2016/17 season.


minutes on average were required for one goal scored by Sergeev.


goals in the first division at the captain of “Shinnik” Eldar Nizamutdinov. The turn of 100 goals was subdued only by seven – Alkhimov (139), Akimov and Galimov (127 each), Terekhin (104), Sergei Bulatov (102), Toporov and Fedkov (100 each).

Eldar Nizamutdinov / Photo: © FC Shinnik


goals were scored by “Wings”. Previously, the three-digit number appeared twice in the “goals scored” column for Chornomorets Novorossiysk: 121 in 1993 and 103 in 1994. In total, with the Cup, Igor Osinkin’s guards have hammered 119 goals during the season.


Samara scored a point, blocking the achievements of “Terek” -2004 and “Mordovia” -2011/12, knocking out 100 points each.


removal – another record!


minutes was the dry streak of Neftekhimik goalkeeper Andrey Golubev.


minutes was scoring dry at “Chertanovo”.

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the spectator gathered in Kaliningrad the best-attended match of the season between Baltika and Wings of the Soviets in the 42nd round. We add that in the FNL there were severe covid restrictions, and Tekstilshchik played for the first time at home with spectators only in the 28th round.