Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Switzerland as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Switzerland: Swisscom agrees with social partners about collective agreement

A new collective agreement as been concluded between Swisscom, Transfair and the Synicom trade union …

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Switzerland: “Travail Suisse” is pressing for rise in wage growth

The trade union group “Travail Suisse” is pressing for a significant rise in wage growth next year from the 0 …

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Switzerland: Collective agreements

According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office last year over 2 million residents were covered by collective agreements – almost half the working population …

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Switzerland: Referendum on paternity leave

A date has yet to be set for a Swiss referendum on paternity leave – following the securing of the necessary 100,000 signatures for the vote to go ahead …

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Switzerland: One in three Swiss uncomfortable with outsiders

A survey by the Swiss statistics office has found that 16% of citizens felt threatened by being in the presence of foreigners …

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Switzerland: Swiss government opposes paternity leave

Ahead of campaigners gathering the necessary 100,000 signatures to force a referendum, the Federal government has considered and rejected their demand for 4 weeks paid paternity leave …

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Switzerland: Quota for Non-EU/EFTA highly skilled employees

The quota for Non-EU/EFTA highly skilled employees in 2018 will be raised …

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Switzerland: Credit Suisse board agrees to 40% bonus cut

The board of Credit Suisse has responded to shareholder pressures by maintaining top executive compensation at 2015 levels and cutting proposed bonuses this year by 40% …

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Switzerland: Referendum concerning new immigration restrictions

Later this year Swiss citizens will vote in a referendum concerning new immigration restrictions on EEA nationals …

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Switzerland: Scheme to regularize illegal immigrants

The Canton of Geneva has been quietly running a scheme called Papyrus for the last fifteen months to regularize illegal immigrants …

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Switzerland/Croatia: Partial widening of access

The EU/Swiss protocol on free movement of persons has now been extended by Switzerland to citizens of Croatia …

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Switzerland: Quota deadline

Swiss legislators have until February 9th 2017 to introduce a new set of quotas on foreign workers …

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Switzerland: Priority for locals

A referendum in Switzerland last weekend resulted in support within the southern Italian-speaking Canton of Ticino for a proposal giving residents priority in the labour market …

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Switzerland: Swiss reject income for all

77% of those voting in last weekend’s referendum opposed a proposal for all Swiss residents to be given a guaranteed income, whether or not they were employed …

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Switzerland: Deadline for applying for citizenship

Foreign nationals who have lived in Switzerland for 12 years or more now have only until the end of this year to obtain Swiss citizenship …

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