Should workers talk or take to the streets?

In many countries industrial action is part of a process to bring employers and unions to the negotiating table. In Switzerland, however, the focus is on social dialogue between the two sides. But is it always good to talk?

This content was published on November 22, 2012

Strikes have been an extremely rare occurrence in Switzerland over the past 75 years. Collective labour contracts and institutionalised dialogue between management and unions are the main reasons.

This system contributes not only to the prosperity but also to the political stability of the country. It has become very much a part of Switzerland’s national identity. But can it survive major changes in the labour world and the economy. Do strike actions lead to social progress? Let us know what you think.

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