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Mining giant Glencore faces US corruption probe

The DoJ is investigating Glencore’s activities in DRC, Nigeria and Venezuela. Swiss commodities mining and trading giant Glencore has been subpoenaed by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) in relation to its activities in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Venezuela. A statementexternal link from the Baar-based company said the DoJ has demanded “documents and other records with respect to...

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Swiss intercity trains in for a makeover

The Swiss railway system ranks as the best in Europe. The intercity IC2000 trains feature double-storeyed coaches. (Keystone) The Swiss Federal Railways is revamping its intercity IC2000 fleet at a cost of approximately CHF300 million ($302 million). The first completely renovated trains will be put back into operation in early 2019. The 341 wagons should be fit for another 20 years on the rails after their makeover....

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Swiss public broadcaster to phase out 250 jobs

SWI swissinfo.ch is part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), swissinfo’s parent company, announced on Thursday a series of belt-tightening measures, including the elimination of 250 full-time positions over the next four years. The SBC is initiating a four-year savings and redeployment programme aimed at saving CHF100 million ($100 million), which will be re-invested across...

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Swiss banking sector continues to shrink but survivors profitable

More banks turned a profit last year than in 2016 Switzerland lost a total of nine banks in 2017 bringing the total to 253. Around 20 years ago the country boasted more than 400 banks. According to the annual “Banks in Switzerland” report released by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on Thursday, only one foreign bank opened a Swiss branch last year. The number of people working for banks also declined. Staff numbers in...

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Swiss banks urged to step up fight against financial crime

The banking industry must send out a clear message that it is committed to consistently prevent and detect financial crimes, wrote the researches. Swiss financial institutions and public authorities must do more to prevent organised crime and money laundering within the financial system, a study by the consulting firm KPMG published on Tuesday has found. The authors of the study called “Clarity on Crime in Financial...

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Swiss Town Tests Blockchain-Based Voting

On 25 June 2018, the city of Zug, the town at the heart of Switzerland’s crypto valley, started testing a voting system based on blockchain technology. ©-Denis-Linine-_-Dreamstime.com_ - Click to enlarge During the trial, which runs until 1 July 2018, around 200 voters will cast non-binding municipal votes on mock questions in a trial designed to identify any bugs in a system built by the company Luxsoft and the...

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Geneva set to vote on world’s highest minimum wage

In May 2014, Switzerland voted against a minimum wage of CHF 22 an hour. At some point voters in the canton of Geneva will get to vote on a similar initiative, which would apply only in the canton. Similar to the federal vote, which was rejected by 76.3% of Swiss voters, the plan calls for a minimum hourly wage of CHF 23 ($US 23.40). Based on a 40-hour week, this works out at around CHF 4,000 per month. Vote organisers...

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EU Unemployment Rule change could cost Switzerland dearly

Currently, across EU and EFTA countries, unemployment benefits are paid by the country of residence. Last week, the EU announced plans to make the country of employment pay unemployment benefits instead. ©-Meryll-_-Dreamstime.com-1 - Click to enlarge This change could be costly for Swiss cantons with large numbers of cross-border workers, workers who live in the EU but work in Switzerland. In March 2018, there were...

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Nearly 1 in 20 in Switzerland are millionaires, according wealth to report

© Andrii Chernykh | Dreamstime.com The 2017, a wealth report, published by Capgemini, shows there were 389,000 US$ millionaires in Switzerland, around 4.5% of the population, or close to 1 in 20. If children under the age of 15 are excluded, Switzerland’s millionaire percentage rises to 7.3%. In addition, these figures include only investable wealth, which does not include the value of family homes. If this wealth was...

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Strikes mooted over construction retirement age

Tools downed temporarily at a construction site earlier this year, there is a mood for strikes, unions say Unions on Friday threatened warning strikes for the building sector this autumn if the current retirement age of 60 for construction workers is dropped. At a press conference on Friday, Switzerland’s biggest trade union Uniaexternal link, and the union Synaexternal link called for early retirement, as well as more...

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