Unions call for end to salary inequalities

Women continue to earn less than men for doing the same job, 30 years after equal salaries were enshrined in the constitution, the union umbrella group has said.

This content was published on May 27, 2011 - 13:20 and agencies

The Swiss Trade Union Federation called on companies to respect the law in a statement on Friday.

In the machine industry women earn 14.2 per cent less than men, 11 per cent less in retail, 12.8 per cent in banks and 8.7 per cent in insurance, according to the Federation.

If salaries are not adjusted, the Federation said the government should introduce “more efficient measures in order to enforce the law”, such as creating organs for checking salaries and intervening when gaps are found.

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