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    Switzerland's five million male-only voters go to the polls on Sunday (7 June) in a referendum to decide the fate of 300,000 foreign workers who are threatened with expulsion.

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    Switzerland's five million male-only voters go to the polls on Sunday (7 June) in a referendum to decide the fate of 300,000 foreign workers who are threatened with expulsion.

    The controversial issue is known as the Schwartzenbach Campaign. James Schwartzenbach, a 58 year old Independent Member of Parliament for Winthour--an industrial town near Zurich, has proposed that the government take drastic action to reduce the number of aliens in the country.

    For years Switzerland has relied on foreign labour for its booming industry and has recruited heavily in neighbouring countries....until today one-in-three workers is an alien. Most of them are Italian but there are also spaniards, Austrians, French and West Germans.

    The majority take manual jobs that no Swiss would want but many are highly skilled workers.

    Swiss authorities have long been aware of the strain the new arrivals put on social services and last March passed legislation to repatriate about 160,000 foreign workers over the next four years. But Mr. Schwartzenbach's plan calls for the expulsion of nearly twice as many.

    Industrial leaders claim that the country can't afford to lose so many workers and they are backed by the Government, the churches, organised labour, and virtually the whole Swiss Establishment.

    Mr. Schwartzenbach's surprisingly wide support comes from the elder Swiss and the blue collar workers. He was elected in 1967 largely because of his opposition to the "over-alienation" of the country.

    He claims that his movement is a revolt against materialism and represents a longing for the food old days...a return to a more moral life. He was asked recently if the thought his campaign would damage Switzerland's reputation in the eyes of the world:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2OEJW0S94O907AD6U27E9D2SH
    Media URN:
    VLVA2OEJW0S94O907AD6U27E9D2SH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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