The Swiss Federal Council has decided not to sign the existing draft of the Institutional Framework Agreement with the European Union. This clears the way for renegotiations. What is needed is a good framework agreement which respects the red line of wage protection. First, however, the Swiss People’s Party’s (SVP) head-on attack on the free movement of people and its flanking measures must be defeated.
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Switzerland and Europe deserve a better framework agreement
Free movement of people, non-discrimination and strong workers’ rights are the basis for social progress across Europe. Bilateral relations between Switzerland and the EU can only be further developed on this basis.
The fact that the Swiss Federal Council has with its latest move again made a clear commitment to independent wage protection takes this into account. It is not a signal against Europe – but one in support of the rights of all workers, not only in Switzerland, but throughout Europe. I am convinced that a framework agreement that puts the principle of “equal pay for equal work in the same place” into practice is better for both sides.