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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #235 - Switzerland: Sale time for money? (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:12:10 +0200


Within months, the Swiss have voted twice on the remuneration of senior positions. Some have promptly announced the end of paradise which always appears as the Promised Land of the Silver, in a Europe that claims attack large fortunes. But is not it going a little fast? ---- Switzerland has always cultivated a certain discretion with regard to the great fortunes that are better received openly at worst discreetly provided by the armada of private banks who officiate throughout the country. The huge sums that pass through the country serve the interests of a financial sector listened and pampered by the entire political class. ---- Questioning shy ---- Also, when the inhabitants and residents were brought es to decide on the fortunes of others through two referenda [ 1 ], the economic forces were headwind against what they call "interference moved."

There first had the Minder initiative spring 2013 which proposed to entrust the shareholders control the remuneration of participants boards, which provided a more strict regulation of premiums offered welcome and farewell bosses and senior executives navigating from one company to another. The campaign was marked by an outburst of violence on the part of economic classes against those timid reservations on daily excesses caused by capitalism. Although aided by the scandal caused by the boss of Novartis (3rd largest pharmaceutical group) refusing to give a bonus of 41 million it had itself granted the initiative was accepted by a large majority of voting and voting ( 68%).

A few months later, the young socialists also try their luck by offering "initiative 1:12" which proposes to limit to 12 the ratio between the lowest wages and the highest salary within the same company. Few defended by the Socialist Party, and better negotiated by employers who put forward a myriad of "honest entrepreneurs and small and small entrepreneurs" little known to the public (and therefore trustworthy) es fiercely opposed the project, the initiative was curtly dismissed this time (65% against).

Morality is not enough

Despite appearances, these two results are not contradictory. Unlike the Minder initiative which gave great weight to private shareholders, "the initiative 1:12" admitted to public tax authorities the task of organizing the controls. It should also be noted that the arguments involved only a moral judgment without questioning the production and distribution of wealth. In a country that still works with the essence of growth and low unemployment (even on unequal bases), the prospect of private gain is too high to estimate that remuneration may be considered indecent. The wind of change is not ready to soar safes.

Nico (Ami AL)

[ 1 ] Vote organized by the administration after collecting a sufficient number of signatures from people having access to voting. All questions are possible except to go into direct conflict with the constitution.
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