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Switzerland to Vote to Go from No Minimum Wage to Highest In the World

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The minimum wage debate is raging not just in the United States, but around the world. Many governments in Western Europe have higher minimum wages than the U.S. Switzerland is one that doesn’t have a minimum wage at all – but will soon vote to implement the highest minimum wage in the entire world:

Introducing the world’s highest minimum wage would hurt Switzerland’s competitiveness and lead to job cuts, harming precisely those low-income workers it is designed to help, the Swiss government said on Tuesday.

Swiss voters will decide in a popular vote on May 18 if they want to introduce a minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs ($24.73)an hour, or 4,000 francs a month, much higher than in other countries.

In Switzerland, any proposal can get on a public referendum if it collects enough signatures. That’s what has happened on the minimum wage, and the Swiss government itself is vehemently against this minimum wage.

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