Workers of several old people’s homes from the city and county of Linz showed up in Vienna at a Saturday anti-vaccination and restriction demonstration with a banner saying: “Linz nursing homes say NO to compulsory vaccinations.”
This was reported by Vice Mayor Karin Hoerzing (SPOe), who described the employees’ conduct as “crossing the borders”. The company SZL Seniorenzentren Linz GmbH, managing the institutions, also distanced itself from their manifesto and decided to part with these employees.
Hoerzing, who is also chairman of the supervisory board of SZL, emphasizes that she respects the fundamental right to freedom of assembly and the right to freedom of expression. “On the other hand, it is unacceptable that personal opinions are expressed on behalf of the employer, as evidently was the case during the coronasceptics demonstration last Saturday in Vienna,” emphasizes Hoerzing.
She adds that the slogan “does not reflect the company’s point of view in any way” and that it further detracts from its “efforts to achieve a high vaccination rate to protect residents”.
According to Hoerzing, it was irresponsible and detrimental to the company by the employees of the Linz seniors’ centers. Therefore, she announced that she would take legal consequences for them, resulting from breaking the labor code.
An additional allegation concerns the failure to comply with the applicable regulations on fighting the pandemic (namely the lack of FFP2 masks, which are mandatory during assemblies of more than 50 people). About 30,000 people took part in Saturday’s demonstration. people from all over the country.
“These were behaviors that destroyed the foundations of trust. Especially that the matter concerns health care workers who deal with particularly vulnerable people at work, ”emphasized Hoerzing.
Not only retirement home workers
Also in Upper Austria, an investigation was carried out in the case of a bus driver belonging to the Upper Austrian Transport Association (OOeVV). On Friday night, a photo appeared on social media showing a bus belonging to OOeVV with the words “Vaccination is murder”. “Initially, it was assumed to be a joke or a photomontage. However, thanks to the testimonies of witnesses, it was possible to establish the registration numbers of the vehicle and unambiguously identify the man “- describes the” Kronen Zeitung “. The driver was questioned and released immediately.
“We accept and respect private opinions. However, when public transport is used to disseminate private opinions and views, of course we must act and take appropriate steps together with the transport company, ”said OOeVV director Herbert Kubasta.
Coronavirus in Austria
Upper Austria is the federal state with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country. In the last 24 hours, 4,489 new infections were confirmed (2517 on Tuesday).
Lower Austria reported 2,501 new cases on Wednesday (Tuesday: 1,638), Tirol 1,399 (1,385), Styria 1,547 (1,152), Salzburg 1,464 (865). The number of infections in Vienna in 2016 also increased (663).
On Wednesday, the health ministry announced a total of 15,365 new infections nationwide, the second highest figure since the start of the pandemic. The day before, there were 9,513 new cases.
In the last 24 hours, there were 66 deaths in relation to Covid-19, in the last seven days – 332. In total, 12,180 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic.
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