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Austerity Demonstrations in Ticino: Over 6,000 Rally in Bellinzona

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 1 March 2024

In a significant turnout, over 6,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Bellinzona, Ticino, uniting against the government’s austerity measures. Public and private sector workers alike demand change.

Austerity Demonstrations in Ticino: Over 6,000 Rally in Bellinzona
Keystone/SDA – SAMUEL GOLAY

In Bellinzona, the heart of Ticino, more than 6,000 individuals voiced their opposition to the local government’s austerity policies. This gathering, primarily composed of public sector employees, this protest is the first of it’s kind being since 2012 in Ticino.

Starting from the train station and making their way to the government’s doorstep, the demonstrators included not just public servants but also a considerable number of private sector allies, showcasing a united front.

This peaceful demonstration was charged with a clear message: the rejection by Ticino of wage adjustments in line with living costs stands in stark contrast to practices across other Swiss cantons. The protestors’ chants resonated with frustration towards the State Council’s oversight of Ticino’s position as the canton with the lowest wages in the nation.

Adding to the fervor, the crowd vehemently opposed the government’s decision to not fill 20% of the impending teacher vacancies, a move perceived as detrimental to education and future generations.

While the strike and demonstration were spearheaded by trade unions and pension defence movements, backed fervently by left-wing factions, the response from the political center and right, including the SVP and Lega, was markedly different. These groups criticised the actions as counterproductive and out of step with Swiss traditions.

In a parallel narrative, the demand for a 1.4 percent adjustment to counteract the rising cost of living underscored the day’s activities. This insistence on fair compensation echoes the broader sentiment of a workforce unwilling to accept diminishing living standards without a fight.

As the dust settles on this significant day of protest in Ticino, the message from its people is clear: the pursuit of fair treatment and equitable wages remains a unifying and undeterred cause, resonating far beyond the canton’s borders.

©Keystone/SDA

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