Post by Lauren
One of the interesting things about Swiss government is that any petition can be put to vote, through a referendum. You just need 50,000 signatures in 100 days for a Facultative referendum and 100,000 signatures for an Obligatory Referendum.
Before we left, there was a heated debate about a minimum salary in Switzerland.
The party who instituted the referendum was hoping for a minimum salary for full time employees of 4000 CHF / month which is about $60K USD a year.
Wow, that’s a lot for a minimum! Mental note – start seeking Swiss jobs more aggressively!
As it turns out, only 40% came out to vote and the referendum was not passed. They hope to revisit it next year.