Wage dumping seems to be alive and thriving.
The State Secretariat of Economic Affairs says more than a third of foreign companies posting workers to Switzerland are suspected of failing to comply with minimum wages agreed in collective bargaining agreements as are 26 percent of Swiss companies.
In industries not subject to collective bargaining agreements 14 percent of foreign companies are paying below what is considered adequate as are 9 percent of Swiss companies.
Serge Gaillard, head of employment at SECO, spoke to public radio RTS: “I’d say the situation is more or less stable. We’re asked to check 27,000 cases. We actually checked about 38,000 cases. That’s 140 individual employees. Switzerland has never checked up on salary rules so thoroughly as it is doing today.”
Initial figures seem to suggest an increase on 2010. These are subject to further investigation.