Women’s pay: discrimination accounts for CHF677/month less

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss women continue to earn 18 percent less than men, the latest figures published by Bern indicate. Objectives factors such as personal qualifications or the nature of the job accounts for 62.4 percent, but, says the federal equality office, that still leave CHF 667 a month less for women, that is due to discrimination, despite equality being written into the Swiss constitution.

More dramatic differences are being underscored by the Union syndicale suisse (USS), which is calling for a minimum wage to ensure that the worst paid women receive a decent wage. RTS carries a report on their arguments, noting that child daycare workers are not benefiting from a shortage of qualified labour by seeing wages go up.