Mar 12, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
BERN, Switzerland — Swiss citizens appear to be leading the way on European austerity, rejecting a minimum six weeks paid vacation a year.
Swiss polls closed Sunday on several national referendums, including one pushed by a union to raise the minimum annual vacation from four weeks to the standard six used in Germany, Italy, Russia and other European nations.
Known for their work ethic, the Swiss appeared to heed warnings from government and business that more vacation would raise labor costs and put the economy at risk. Public broadcaster SSR said exit polls showed that the majority of the nation's 26 cantons (states) had rejected the measure, which required majority approval of all federal and cantonal voters.