The working-class history of the Swiss Confederation
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- ADtranz workers take to the streets
- International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), 31
January 2000. Approximately 2,000 people marched in the
Swiss capital of Bern last week as they continue their
campaign against the ADtranz decision to shut down its Von
Roll railway car production. Women from all over Switzerland
apparently organised the event.
- Swiss Workers, Out of Practice, Go on
- The New York Times, 5 November 2002. About
15,000 construction workers laid down their tools today in
protest of their employers' refusal to sign a contract
negotiated last March to allow early retirement. The
country's last strike was in 1947, also by construction
workers. The last general strike took place in 1918.
- Builders down tools in biggest strike for 50
- swissinfo, 6 November 2002. In the biggest
nationwide strike in 55 years, construction workers downed
tools at more than 100 building sites to protest in favour
of lowering the retirement age to 60. The employers
described the strike as illegal.
- Pensioners turn out in force to defend
- Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 12 September
2003. Don't touch my pension! unions and pensioners
chorused during protests in the Swiss capital, Bern, on
Friday against proposals to cut retirement benefits.