Negotiations to establish a higher minimum wage for workers in the watch-making industry have just come to a close.
Six months of sometimes fraught negotiations have successfully ended with good news for industry workers.
Depending on region, a minimum wage increase of between 0.85 and 2 percent was agreed.
Workers in the lowest paid regions will see the sharpest increases.
Trade union officials were satisfied when employers in the canton of Jura—said to be the lowest-paying region—agreed to almost double salaries.
Trade union Unia reports that the new pay scale will come into effect on June 1.
However, they maintain wages in general are too low, particularly given the buoyancy of the Swiss watch-making industry.
They intend to launch further wage negotiations in October 2014.