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Voters will be busy this weekend - what are the main issues?

National News // Sept. 25, 2020

Voters have to make a slew of decisions this weekend. A plethora of federal and cantonal votes need to be decided.

Pixabay Voters will be busy this weekend - what are the main issues?

Voters have to make a slew of decisions this weekend. A plethora of federal and cantonal votes need to be decided.

There’s a large number this time around as the last voting date was postponed due to the lockdown.

On a federal level the two big issues are immigration and fighter jets.

The initiative launched by the Swiss People’s Party wants to end the free movement of workers with the EU.

It’s opposed by the government, all the other parties, intellectuals and business leaders. If it passes it would threaten Switzerland’s place in the EU single market. Many commentators have likened the vote to Brexit.

The last polls suggest it will fail – heavily.

Also, should the government buy new fighter jets at a cost of CHF 6bn? Proponents say the current fleet of F/A 18s are aging and need to be replaced. Others say Switzerland doesn’t need an air force. Polls suggest the army will get its new toys.

Should new fathers get time off. The vote will decide if fathers get 10 days off work following the birth of a child. Some say its too much of a strain on the social security system – others say it’s important for equality. Polls predict dads will get the time off.

Two other votes are too close to call. A new tax system giving breaks for families and new hunting laws that would make it easier to shoot wolves.

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On a cantonal level, there are too many to list. But the important ones: Geneva will be deciding on a minimum wage of 20 francs an hour. If passed, it would be the highest in the world. It’s thought it will go through.

Nidwalden will decide to lower its corporate tax rate to the lowest in the world at 5.1%. It’s thought that will fail.

A detailed rundown of this weekend’s votes is available on our website as part of our Swiss Up programmes. You can find that on worldradio.ch/swissup.

 

 

 

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