Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Human Resources: Swiss union organisation urges government to do more for gender equality

The Swiss Trade Union Federation, has called on the government to do more to stamp out inequality in the workplace.

The organisation said that despite some improvement, women still earned up to 20 per cent less than men, and that Switzerland had a lot of catching up to do.

At a news conference in Bern, federation president Paul Rechsteiner said that despite the equality law having come into force ten years ago, unequal pay was still prevalent in many branches of the economy. This particularly applied to the private sector, he said.

Swiss Info, reports that last year the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index ranked Switzerland 25th out of 115 countries, saying there was a lack of female participation in the economy and in politics.

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