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Swiss cast ballots on world's highest minimum wage

Swiss cast ballots on citizen-inspired measures for world's highest minimum wage, fighter jets

In this picture taken May 1, 2014, demonstrators demand on a banner reading "Let's save Switzerland from dumping: wage minimum now!" in Geneva, Switze...
In this picture taken May 1, 2014, supporters of the Trade Union Federation, UNIA, demand on placards a monthly minimum wage in Basel, Switzerland. In...

Switzerland Minimum Wage

In this picture taken May 1, 2014, demonstrators demand on a banner reading "Let's save Switzerland from dumping: wage minimum now!" in Geneva, Switze...

Switzerland Minimum Wage

In this picture taken May 1, 2014, supporters of the Trade Union Federation, UNIA, demand on placards a monthly minimum wage in Basel, Switzerland. In...

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss polls have opened for voting on a nationwide referendum to introduce the world's highest minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs ($24.70) an hour.

Voters also cast ballots Sunday on three other citizen-inspired referendums. Switzerland's unique system of popular rule involves a weak federal government, 26 strong state governments and regular national referendums on issues.

The other referendums, if passed, would provide the Swiss Air Force with 22 of Saab's new Gripen fighter jets; impose a lifetime ban on convicted pedophiles working with children; and amend the constitution to support more family doctors in rural areas.

Trade unions back the wage proposal. Surveys indicate that most voters side with government and business leaders, who argue it would cost jobs and economic competitiveness.

Switzerland currently has no minimum wage.


Updated : 2021-05-09 18:36 GMT+08:00