Call for 5 weeks paid vacation


A Socialist Party MP in Bern has tabled a motion that would give everyone at least 5 weeks of paid vacation a year.

Baptiste Hurni from Neuchatel says there’s a thinner line between work and private life these days and it takes longer to disconnect. 

In 2012, voters rejected a plan for 6 weeks’ vacation – Hurni says that’s why he’s proposed a compromise at 5 weeks. 

He also says he believes attitudes have changed in the last 10 years – and newer workers would prefer more time off than a higher salary.

But the idea is likely to struggle in parliament as the right-wing parties have already said they will reject it. 

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