Swiss to Vote on $2,800 Monthly Minimum Wage for All Working Adults

Some 120,000 Swiss signatories have put their names to a petition demanding a monthly minimum wage of $2,800 (2,500 Swiss francs) for every single member of the working adult population. Enough names have been collected for a government vote.
Anything less than the proposed amount would be deemed illegal,  even for people working in the lowest paid jobs. A typical  fast-food worker in the US earns roughly $1,500 per month.

“It could be one of the landmark historical moments, like the  abolition of slavery, or the civil rights movement – of course,  those who don’t want it will find excuses, but those who do want  it will find solutions,” Enno Schmidt, founder of the Basic  Income Initiative, told RT.

A date for the vote itself is yet to be confirmed, however, it  could take place before the end of this year, depending on the  decision of the Swiss government. The “1:12 initiative” has  gained support across the government’s social democrat bloc.

To mark the day, a truck full of 8 million five-cent coins was  deposited on the square and spread out in front of the Swiss  Parliament in Bern on Saturday.


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