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Old 01.03.2012, 11:42
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Re: 6 weeks holiday for Switzerland?!?

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This is not quite true, the 28 work days can (and usually does) include some or all of the bank holidays so it's actually only 20 days + statutory bank holidays in the UK which is not much different to how it is here (I know some people don't get paid on public holidays here but many do).
Ah, yes, the 28 days includes public holidays in the UK. That makes the UK very much like the rest of Europe. So this initiative for 30 days + public holidays appears to be quite over the top. I wonder why they didn't go for 25 days? That would stand a better chance of passing. As it is, I'm afraid it might fail.
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Old 01.03.2012, 12:37
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Ah, yes, the 28 days includes public holidays in the UK. That makes the UK very much like the rest of Europe. So this initiative for 30 days + public holidays appears to be quite over the top. I wonder why they didn't go for 25 days? That would stand a better chance of passing. As it is, I'm afraid it might fail.
Yes, there are up to 14 public holidays here!

In fact, the next is in two weeks (father's day).

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Old 01.03.2012, 12:43
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Yes, there are up to 14 public holidays here!

In fact, the next is in two weeks (father's day).

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Isn't father's day in June?
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Old 01.03.2012, 13:08
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Yes, there are up to 14 public holidays here!

In fact, the next is in two weeks (father's day).

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Unfortunately, not in my canton I think we only have 8...
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Old 01.03.2012, 13:57
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Isn't father's day in June?
Not in Ticino!

Here (and in Italy, and some other countries) it's March 19th.

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Ah, yes, the 28 days includes public holidays in the UK. That makes the UK very much like the rest of Europe. So this initiative for 30 days + public holidays appears to be quite over the top. I wonder why they didn't go for 25 days? That would stand a better chance of passing. As it is, I'm afraid it might fail.
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Some insider information...

The idea being 30 days was to force parliament to a compromise (25 days) and withdraw the popular initiative, which is costly to organise especially when there is little support from well-funded parties.

Unfortunately the right-wing parties, including the "family-friendly" PDC/CVP, refused and this strategy failed, the federal parliament refused 25 days.

Hence the reason why we are now voting on 30 days.
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Old 11.03.2012, 15:01
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Re: 6 weeks holiday for Switzerland?!?

Voters say no to longer holidays

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Re: 6 weeks holiday for Switzerland?!?

Six weeks is a good idea for working parents who presently have trouble minding their children on public holidays. As for the rest? I suspect they will not give a majority vote in favour of six weeks paid leave. A month and a half does seem like a lot to me...
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Old 11.03.2012, 18:09
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Voters say no to longer holidays
Thank god for that.

Personally I would have been all for reducing annual holiday to two weeks. Especially considering that all my collegues at work spend 3 weeks in the military partying it up on the government every year.
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Personally I would have been all for reducing annual holiday to two weeks
Thank God you don't have 'The Vote'
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Old 11.03.2012, 18:21
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Thank God you don't have 'The Vote'
I'm working on it. just another 5 years
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Old 11.03.2012, 18:39
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Thank god for that.

Personally I would have been all for reducing annual holiday to two weeks. Especially considering that all my collegues at work spend 3 weeks in the military partying it up on the government every year.
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Old 11.03.2012, 18:41
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Thank god for that.

Personally I would have been all for reducing annual holiday to two weeks. Especially considering that all my collegues at work spend 3 weeks in the military partying it up on the government every year.
Ah, America...at half the tax. If only we could palm Santorum off on y'all.
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Old 11.03.2012, 19:29
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Thank god for that.

Personally I would have been all for reducing annual holiday to two weeks.
WTF ??? Slap yourself in the head !!!
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And the Swiss give the EU another lesson in economic stability....
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Old 12.03.2012, 07:17
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Re: 6 weeks holiday for Switzerland?!?

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t all my collegues at work spend 3 weeks in the military partying it up on the government every year.
So, everyone you work with is a Swiss male military officer under age 32?

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Re: 6 weeks holiday for Switzerland?!?

Can Swiss people do something about Bank Holidays, since i arrived here 7 years ago, they always come on weekends
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Old 12.03.2012, 07:45
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Can Swiss people do something about Bank Holidays, since i arrived here 7 years ago, they always come on weekends
Only sometimes, and even then only those with fixed dates.

Of 14 holidays, 4 are always on Monday or Thursday, and 10 on fixed dates, so on average only three will fall on the weekend.

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Re: 6 weeks holiday for Switzerland?!?

Dear god how can someone vote against having more vacation?
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Dear god how can someone vote against having more vacation?
There's a reason why the taxes are low and you pay 3.50 chf for every 35L bag of rubbish.... It's sort of like America, if it had been frozen in time and the Repubs had kept control after the war. Add a little bit of liberalism (required healthcare that you pay for) in for keeping with the EU mix and, bang, there it is. No socialist lollygagging here what with EU layabouts going on 2 month holidays and all.

The upside to more holiday time, though, is for anyone under 50 who realize where the titanic that is the ponzi pension schemes is going...at least you'd get a little more time off while you're either young enough to enjoy it or before you die (since retirement will be a thing of the past most likely).
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