Whistle calls to mark equal pay protest

Organisers of a nationwide protest against salary discrimination towards women expect up to 100,000 participants on June 14.

This content was published on June 3, 2011 minutes and agencies

They say women still earn about 20 per cent less than men despite a no discrimination clause in the constitution.

More than 40 groups - including the association of women’s organisations and the trade unions, representing more than a million people – are taking part in activities across the country, notably a concerted whistle call.

To mark the day, the water in the giant jet d’eau fountain in Geneva will be violet – an official colour of the protest movement, while demonstrations are planned in shopping malls in Basel.

A public party for women has been organised in Bern while women in Lugano will hang out dirty laundry in the streets.

The events coincide with a mass protest 20 years known as the women’s strike.

Swiss women only obtained full political rights allowing them to participate in nationwide ballots 40 years ago.

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