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Burka Ban 2021 Switzerland

07 March 2021 Swiss Vote For Burka Ban

Swiss ‘burka ban’ Accepted By Majority – To Become Law The first national votes of 2021 brought international surprise and the expected “yes” vote for the burka ban. Switzerland voted for a ban on facial coverings including the Muslim burka and niqab in public spaces. Full facial veils will still be allowed to be worn inside places of prayer and for “native customs”, such as carnival. Face coverings worn for health and safety reasons are also exempt from the ban. The vote was not an anti-mask Covid-19 pandemic reaction vote. How many people does the burka ban impact in Switzerland? It is estimated to impact about 50 people in total in a population of close to 8.5 million.  It does raise the question about how deep the Swiss thought about this topic before they voted. No-one has answered the question “How does this impact the wearing of a black veil on the train to go to a funeral or a person wearing a heavy lace veil for a public photo shoot?” They may be extreme situational highlights, yet it only takes one person to call the police and to “create a scene” even in the most innocent of situations. Next

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27 Sept 2020 Geneva Vote Minimum Vote Succeeds

27 Sep 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Votes For Minimum Wage

Some Minimum Wage History In Switzerland low-paying jobs like waiting staff, cleaners, taxi drivers and others account for over 12% of the working population. This excludes the gig economy and competition for jobs and hiring remains very strong.  In 2014 voters in Switzerland rejected plans for a nationwide minimum wage set at CHF22 an hour. Then it would have been the highest in Europe and many business leaders refused to back the initiative. 76.3% voted against the adoption of the minimum wage and voter turnout was just over 50% ( low voter turnout is an issue in Swiss politics). The Swiss median hourly wage at the time was around CHF33. The country’s trade unions pushed for the initiative because it would help reduce poverty and fight wage dumping (a big problem in Geneva and Basel) or in IT where firms bring in workers from abroad and pay them a lot less.  Once the supporters realised that they had lost, the unions vowed to continue to battle on, they also realised their mistake. It was by seeking a Federal mandate they exposed themselves to cantonal level influences and votes in Zurich, Geneva and other larger populated “well-off” areas or cities. Many

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