Switzerland’s excellent education system produces a well-qualified workforce at all levels. Despite of seemingly high wages (corresponding to high costs of living), overall labor costs are even lower than in comparable countries. Taxes, ancillary labor costs and social security premiums are moderate, absences are low and strikes are very rare in the industry. As a result, Switzerland's productivity ranks among the top five of the world's most important economies.
Switzerland's workforce is used to work in effective teams, very loyal to the company and highly motivated as long as the management respects and estimates both their experience and innovative power. Rude and arrogant managers seeking their own profit instead of providing a long-term strategy for the company will have a hard time in Switzerland, however.
Swiss labor laws allow for a variety of flexible private arrangements between the social partners, as long as they are based on mutual respect and fairness. This principle - introduced in the 1930's as answer of both liberal employers and social democrats / unions to heavy regulation of the national economies in fascist Italy and Nazi Germany is the historical reason for Switzerland's extraordinarily low strike rate.
|Country||Strike days per year and 1000 workers||GDP per employed person (US $)|
|1970 to 1985||1999 to 2001|
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