Sunday, May 18, 2014

Swiss Miss

Common sense prevails in Switzerland:
The massive rejection of the "Decent Salary" initiative was widely seen as a slap in the face to its union backers, who insist at least 22 Swiss francs ($25, 18 euros) an hour, or 4,000 francs ($4,515, 3,280 euros) a month, is needed to get by in Switzerland.

If it had passed, Switzerland would have gone from having no national minimum wage to boasting the world's highest, far above the $7.25 in the United States and 9.43 euros in France.

But the initiative flopped as voters heeded warnings from government and other opponents that it would deal a death blow to many businesses and would weaken Switzerland's healthy economy.

Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann hailed the result, insisting the country had dodged a bullet.
Meanwhile, activists elsewhere seem intent on continuing to shoot blanks...

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