Women at the heart of Swiss pension reform vote


A pedestrian walks past an electoral poster against an old age pension reform ahead of a nationwide referendum, in Lausanne, western Switzerland. The nation votes on Sunday on a divisive plan. – AFP pic, September 22, 2022.

SWITZERLAND votes on Sunday on a divisive pension reform plan the government says is vital to safeguard benefits, including a controversial push to raise the retirement age for women.

After two previous attempts in 2004 and 2017, Bern is hoping it can finally garner enough votes for its bid to “stabilise” Switzerland’s old age security system, at risk of being submerged by the giant baby boomer generation reaching retirement age as life expectancy rises.


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