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Monday, 12 March 2012 - 11:09
Swiss voters reject longer holidays in referendum
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Voters in Switzerland have rejected a proposal to give themselves more annual leave in a national referendum.

The plan would have given workers six weeks off a year, but business groups warned about the cost to the economy.

In other referendums, voters in Geneva voted to tighten restrictions on street protests.

Referendums are a key part of Switzerland's direct democracy system.

The Swiss frequently have their say on changes to laws, budgets, or any issue that 100,000 citizens say they feel strongly about.

The United Nations Human Rights Council, the International Committee of the Red Cross and numerous other major international organisations are based in the city, making it a focal point for protesters.

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