Hundreds of thousands Swiss women strike to demand equal pay & protest against ‘culture of sexism in everyday life’

The Guardian – By John Henley – Friday 14 June 2019

Hundreds of thousands of women across Switzerland have taken to the streets to demand higher pay, greater equality and more respect, protesting that one of the world’s wealthiest countries continues to treat half its population unfairly.

Nearly 30 years after the first nationwide equal rights demonstration by Swiss women, a “purple wave” of pram marches, whistle concerts, extended lunch breaks, giant picnics and city-centre rallies took place on Friday.

“In 2019, we are still looking for equality,” Clara Almeida Lozar, one of the committee women organising the Grève des Femmes or Frauenstreik at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, told Swissinfo.

“We realise there has to be a lot more than this – the culture of sexism is part of everyday life in Switzerland, it’s invisible, and we are so used to just getting along that we hardly even notice it’s there.”

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PS The pay of employees is a very secretive thing. An employee could be immediately dismissed/fired for discussing their pay? Why because most employers pay employees according the their own value put on that employee & women were paid in many instances only half of what men were paid. My boss used to say to the young men who complained about women in the workplace in the 1970’s “You get paid twice as much as the women & they do all your work”. Then they were happy–in many cases it’s no where near 20% difference–it’s a lot more. It is a very well-protected lie. I learned this after many years of Bookkeeping/Accounting & business management of employees in the private sector. Not sure that we have come that far since the 1970’s.

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