Decades later, most economists still agree with Friedman. Denmark, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Finland and Sweden remain without the minimum wage. Available for everyone, funded by readers, Referendum called by rightwing Swiss People’s party rejected by 61.7%, Officials say mystery passenger has five years to present ‘justified claims’ of ownership, Ruling to prevent coronavirus spread covers events likely to attract more than 1,000 people, Referendum approves law that was passed in 2018 but was opposed by rightwing parties.
“Covid has shown that a certain section of the Swiss population cannot live in Geneva … 4,000 (Swiss francs) is the minimum to not fall below the poverty line and find yourself in a very difficult situation,” Charrat said. The minimum hourly wage will be set at just under £19.50 an hour, more than twice the rate in neighbouring France, with a guaranteed minimum monthly salary of 4,086 Swiss francs (£3,457) based on a 41-hour working week, or 49,000 Swiss francs (£41,430) a year, in one of the world’s most expensive cities to live.

The minimum wage for those younger and apprentices ranges from £4.15-£8.20 an hour. The canton’s 500,000 voters passed the minimum wage proposed by local unions and leftwing parties, after twice rejecting it in 2011 and 2014.

So, until the public wises up to the counterproductive realities of minimum wage hikes, the flawed policies will continue to advance in our politics—despite the mountains of economic evidence screaming out for the opposite approach. It’s simple: Broad swaths of the public still naively support hiking the minimum wage.

Swiss city Geneva to introduce a minimum wage of over $4,000 a month Published Thu, Oct 1 2020 8:43 AM EDT Updated Thu, Oct 1 2020 10:08 AM EDT Vicky McKeever @vmckeevercnbc People tend to think of labor differently from other goods, but the labor market essentially works the same as any other market. This wasn’t political: In an interesting twist, almost all the responding economists identified as Democrats or Independents, with just 12 percent identifying as registered Republicans.

Furthermore, many states have enacted or proposed legislation to gradually increase the minimum wage by increments over the next several years to reach a specific wage. Geneva is to introduce a minimum wage of almost £3,500 a month, reported to be the highest in the world, after locals approved the measure in a surprise vote result sparked by reports of growing coronavirus-linked poverty in the Swiss city. According to Expatistan, which uses crowdfunded data to produce a cost of living index for world cities, Geneva is the world’s second most expensive city in which to live. Minimum Wage by Country 2020.

Or, maybe you’d buy a Coca-Cola instead. Brad Polumbo is a libertarian-conservative journalist and the Eugene S. Thorpe Writing Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education. In a national vote, also on Sunday, the Swiss rejected a rightwing proposal to limit immigration from European Union member states. The increases will be in 24 states and 48 cities and counties.
The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour, a minimum wage that states have also enacted their own legislation. Some might look at the Swiss example and say, okay, sure, we can’t have a crazy $25 minimum wage… but why not something more modest like Biden’s $15? “Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they either lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force.”.

Imagine that you went to the convenience store to buy a can of Red Bull, and it was worth up to $5 to you. A 2017 study of Seattle’s $13 minimum wage hike found that it reduced hours worked by 9 percent, leading total income for impacted workers to actually decrease on net. The minimum wage in Poland compared to other European Union countries 2020.

"The fight for $15 is nothing more than a Band-Aid over generations of our education system's failure. The Swiss city of Geneva recently voted to implement a minimum wage that translates to $25 an hour; $4,100 a month. You can find a list of highest and lowest minimum wage rates here. Workers rejoice.

Progressives argue that we need to mandate a “living wage” of $15 an hour under federal law, and this is now the official position of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. First published on Wed 30 Sep 2020 10.54 BST. According to reports, this tiny country is one of the safest countries in the world. Labor is the “good” being provided by workers, and the wages are the “price” being paid by employers. In France, the minimum wage is €10.15 (£9.28) an hour and €1,539,42 (£1,407.25) a month for a 35-hour working week. “While minimum wages ostensibly aim to improve the economic well-being of the working poor, the disemployment effects of minimum wages have been found to fall disproportionately on the least skilled and on the most disadvantaged individuals, including the disabled, youth, lower-skilled workers, immigrants, and ethnic minorities.”, This brings to mind the words of the late Nobel-prize-winning economist Milton Friedman: “The real tragedy of minimum wage laws is that they are supported by well-meaning groups who want to reduce poverty.