The minimum wage of 23 Swiss francs ($ 25) a month for a week of 41 hours working in the Swiss city of Geneva, is equivalent to about 3,772 Swiss francs ($ 4,100).
On Sunday, about two-thirds of Geneva’s cantons voted in favor of introducing a minimum wage, which is reported to be the highest in the world.
It is set to be implemented this month, according to the Group Transfrontier European website, an organization representing cross-border workers in France and Switzerland.
The measure was rejected by voters twice in 2011 and 2014.
However, the coronovirus epidemic has further exacerbated Geneva’s poverty problem, with thousands of queues for food.
Geneva is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world and is ranked ninth in the 2020 Global Living Cost ranking of HR consulting firm Mercer.
Michel Charratt, president of the group Transfrontier European, told the Guardian that the vote to pass the measure is a “symbol of solidarity” with the poor residents of Geneva.
“Kovid has shown that a certain part of the Swiss population cannot live in Geneva,” he said.
Geneva’s new minimum wage is more than triple, double the US $ 7.25 per hour and the UK’s highest basic hourly rate of £ 8.72 ($ 11.20).