Debate polarised on jobless insurance reforms

21st September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A national referendum on Sunday allows Swiss voters to decide on a government proposal to trim unemployment insurance benefits, while raising premiums from two to 2.2 percent. The reforms, opposed by unions and left-wing groups, are supported by a majority of politicians and the business community as needed to shore up a social benefit scheme that is currently bleeding a billion francs a year.

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