On Sunday the denizens of Ticino, the southernmost canton in Switzerland, voted to protect native laborers against the pressures of cheap foreign labor. The “Ours First” initiative proposed by the Swiss People’s Party won 58% of the vote in a local referendum on the issue.
The initiative is aimed at forcing businesses to give preference to Ticinese job-seekers over foreigners, which already represent 27% of the population and a whopping 44% of the workforce. The vote defies the European Schengen open-border policy, which allows for Italian commuter workers (who represent nearly a quarter of the labor force) to drive down wages and ensure a constant flow of money out of Ticino into Italy. However, as they did in the national 2014 immigration referendum, Ticinese voters have once again shown wisdom in this curbing of the foreign share of the labor market.
The economic nationalism for which the Swiss-Italian people of Ticino have voted resists the globalist agenda and is in line with biblical law, for which they ought to be commended. We can only hope and pray that the initiative isn’t maliciously struck down by the Swiss federal government, to whose approval it is unfortunately subject. Predictably, leftists are already moaning that the measure is “unconstitutional.”