Swiss expected to say 'no' to more time off work

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Swiss expected to say 'no' to more time off work

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The people of Switzerland are voting today on whether they should be granted extra annual paid leave from work.

While many of us would be rushing to say ‘yes’ in that sort of referendum, the Swiss are expected to turn down the prospect of more time off.

Don’t they want to enjoy their magnificent Alpine landscape? Doesn’t extra time for a trip down the slopes appeal?

It seems not, with one opinion poll suggesting just 30 per cent of voters would prefer six weeks off a year instead of the current four.

The Swiss government and business community are firmly against the proposal, put forward by a trade union group amid claims that more holiday would help tackle growing stress in the workplace.