Shaker train stresses staff
Bruises in the Dosto dining car
The double-decker long-distance train of the SBB – Dosto for short – does not get out of the crooked position. The dining car staff complains about broken kitchen appliances, defective elevators and gets bruises in the shaking train.
The Dosto remains in the headlines.
The Dosto – the new parade train of the SBB – is known to many passengers as a breakdown and shaking train. In addition, it stinks noticeably often around the toilets. Now it turns out that the staff is also having trouble with the Dosto. Above all, the employees of Elvetino, which operates all the SBB dining cars, complain about the working conditions on the train.
The constant shaking and shaking on the train not only annoys the passengers, the staff regularly get bruises when working in the dining car: “Compared to the train staff, the Elvetino staff are particularly exposed when it comes to service,” explains Mario Schmid from the railway staff association SEV in the “Sunday newspaper”. “There are always minor accidents, the staff strikes and bruises it.”
Some think of resignation
Because the dining car kitchen is so narrow that employees are always in danger of hitting their heads on the ceiling if they drive shakily. Because of the constant shaking, complaints such as body aches and headaches, dizziness, nausea and exhaustion were also reported to the SEV. “Out of fear, employees take sick leave or get fired, which further exacerbates the shortage of staff.”
The result: The employees want to work less in the shaker train, preferring to work in other dining cars. According to Schmid, a survey by the SEV in May revealed that one in five Elvetino employees is considering terminating their employment because of the working conditions at the Dosto.
Lots of failures
But there is even more trouble with the dining cars in the Dosto: the kitchen appliances and the internal lift keep going on strike on the train. With noticeable consequences for the passengers: the dining cars are often closed. According to Schmid, “especially in the Dosto, there are more failures for technical reasons”. This included defective kitchen appliances such as a coffee maker, steamer and dishwasher. And water leak in the kitchen.
Even if Elvetino boss Daniela Corboz puts the shortcomings of the Dosto dining cars into perspective in the “Sonntagszeitung” with “teething troubles”, she too has to admit: “However, we can say that on average more dining cars fail with the Dosto than with other fleets. » This is annoying for the passengers who want to grab something to eat or drink on a relaxing train ride. (ko)