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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 - 13:05
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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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