World Switzerland. The amount of the minimum wage raised to nearly € 3,800 per month in Geneva

17:05  29 september  2020
17:05  29 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Un drapeau suisse flotte sur les rives du lac Léman au centre de Genève. © FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP archives A Swiss flag flies on the shores of Lake Geneva in the center of Geneva.

As of October 17, the minimum wage applicable in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland, will rise to nearly € 3,800 per month.

This Sunday, September 27, the 500,000 voters of the Swiss canton of Geneva voted 58% yes to a minimum wage reassessed at nearly € 3,800 per month. This text submitted to the vote by the unions comes to everyone's surprise, since the Genevans had refused it twice in 2011 and 2014, at the federal level.

€ 22.50 per hour

The guaranteed minimum wage will therefore be 4,086 Swiss francs (approximately € 3,785.00) per month for 41 hours of weekly work, a rarity in Switzerland. Geneva is only the third Swiss canton to adopt it, after that of Jura and Neuchâtel.

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The text thus provides for remuneration of 23 Swiss francs per hour (€ 22.50). This is twice as high compared to France, where the gross hourly minimum wage is € 10.15, or € 1,539.42 per month.

According to France 3 the left parties and the unions had presented the measure as a means of combating poverty and precariousness, more visible since the Covid-19 pandemic which hit the city hard, depending a lot on the tourism and business travel. On the other hand, the cost of living is particularly high in the canton.

An extremely high cost of living

In recent months, the Swiss have discovered many working poor people who have had no choice but to turn to food aid to survive. Long queues have appeared in the canton during distributions of food or other essential goods, report our colleagues from France 3.

According to Le Dauphiné , the text must come into force on October 17 . This will improve the lives of some 30,000 precarious workers, many of them women. This increase should also benefit cross-border workers with low wages.

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