The fact that there could be beer and wine in Migros supermarkets in the future is becoming apparent in small steps. Basel, the first of ten cooperatives, has now agreed to lift the sales ban.

The ban on the sale of alcohol at Migros is on the wane .

First Migros co-operative votes for alcohol sales in the shops

After the decision at the delegates' meeting at the beginning of November, a first cooperative has now voted in favor of lifting the ban.

First Migros co-operative votes for alcohol sales in the shops

Of the 52 members on the cooperative council, 44 said yes. No member was against the lifting of the alcohol ban, eight abstained.

That's what

  • The ban on the sale of alcohol at Migros is faltering.

  • After the delegates' meeting at the beginning of November approved the sale of beer, wine and cigarettes, the ten cooperatives will decide on the alcohol issue in December.

  • Here, too, things could go in the same direction: The Migros Cooperative Basel clearly said yes to the sale of alcohol in advance.

In future, consumers should be able to buy alcohol and tobacco in Migros stores. This decision was made at the delegates' meeting at the beginning of November. However, there is still a long way to go before the existing ban on the sale of alcohol is actually lifted.

In the next step, on December 3, the ten Migros cooperatives will decide on the alcohol issue (see box). But here, too, there are initial signs that the ban could fall. The Basel cooperative was the first Migros cooperative to approve the repeal, as can be seen on the Migros website.

Clear yes

Of the 52 members on the cooperative council, 44 said yes. No member was against lifting the alcohol ban, eight abstained. The vote in the cooperative thus achieved a clear result. A two-thirds majority is required for repeal. 35 yes votes would have been enough to overturn the ban. The results of the remaining nine cooperatives are still pending.

The Blue Cross does not enjoy the possible lifting of the alcohol ban. Even before the decision of the assembly of delegates, the organization announced that the abolition was a “betrayal of the DNA of Migros”. The company is risking losing its good reputation as a socially responsible wholesaler. The decision has also attracted criticism on social media.

This is the Migros timetable:

• November 6, 2021: The assembly of delegates will decide whether the ban on alcohol sales will be lifted.

• December 3, 2021: If at least two thirds of the delegates' assembly approve, the next step is for the administrations and cooperative councils of the ten regional Migros cooperatives to come together. They also have to vote on whether they agree to the lifting of the alcohol sales ban.

• June 4, 2022: In those cooperatives in which at least two thirds of the members of the respective administration and at least two thirds of the respective cooperative council have agreed, there is a strike vote. Then all members of the cooperative will vote on the ban.

• 2023: Only in the branches of regional cooperatives whose members were in favor of lifting the ban with a majority of two thirds of the votes, alcoholic Drinks come on the shelves. Depending on the result, regional differences are possible.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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