The working-class history of the Swiss Confederation

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ADtranz workers take to the streets again
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 Strike
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 years
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 benefits
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.