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Paging Robin Hood?

Labour Day demonstrators demand shared wealth

May 1, Zurich (Keystone)

May 1, Zurich


Thousands of workers were out in force like here in Zurich and all across Switzerland on May 1 to press home their demands for better rights and salaries. One demonstrator at least called for the rich to be deprived of their money.

This year unions reminded demonstrators of the success of the so-called fat-cat initiative, accepted by a majority of Swiss voters in March and aimed at curbing manager salaries and increasing shareholder rights. Union leaders also called on citizens to support initiatives in favour of better salaries for all and pensions.

May 1 is traditionally Labour Day for much of Europe and coincides with International Workers' Day.

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