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Asking the public about pay: how nurses forced the hand of politicians

A Swiss referendum backing improved pay and nurse staffing shows the power of a joint effort

A Swiss referendum backing improved pay and nurse staffing shows the power of a joint effort

Swiss voters recently backed their nurses in a national referendum , demanding more investment and better working conditions for the profession.

The country is unusual in that its parliamentary democracy allows voting on ‘popular initiatives’ – referendums on specific issues proposed by the public.

Swiss referendum shows the strength of public support for nurses

After the Swiss Nurses’ Association, backed by doctors, patient organisations and unions, gathered sufficient support to force a referendum on nurse training and pay and conditions, a majority of 61% of Swiss voters agreed nurses

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