Switzerland -Cross-border work under fire -August 26, 2015

Whilst the economy is drawing more cross-border workers than ever before, this trend has given rise to a heated debate in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. The close to 63,000 foreign-based workers in Ticino make up roughly a quarter of all workers in the canton, with many residents complaining about what they see as an influx of workers prepared to work for lower wages. The spotlight came on Ticino after France’s Le Monde newspaper reported on a controversial scheme in the region, which has seen businesses placing stickers in prominent positions declaring what percentage of their workforce is Swiss-based. The move instigated by the mayor of Claro has been described as a form of ‘apartheid’ on the Italian side of the border.

English: http://www.thelocal.ch …  

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index ...

French: http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2015/08/25/la-suisse-italienne-stigmatise ...

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/fr ...   

German: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de …  

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

 

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