Switzerland - Trade union publishes income distribution report - August 31, 2016

A study of the trade union confederation SGB/USS documents the income distribution. Some progress was made in the lowest pay echelons of the labour market, probably because of the minimum wage campaign and thanks to an active trade union strategy. However, other developments are worrying. The wage gap between the lowest income and the high earners did not decrease. According to SGB/USS, this is the result of an unsocial tax and social security policy that works out in favour of the higher income earners (their income tax decreased between 2000 and 2014 from 37 to 32%). 

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