Swiss Party of Labour
|Swiss Party of Labour|
|German name||Partei der Arbeit der Schweiz (PdA)|
|French name||Parti Suisse du Travail - Parti Ouvrier et Populaire (PST-POP)|
|Italian name||Partito Comunista (PC)|
|Romansh name||Partida Svizra da la Lavur (PSL)|
|Members of the Federal Council||None|
|Founded||14 October 1944|
|European affiliation||Party of European Left (member) International Communist Seminar|
|Council of States|
|Politics of Switzerland
Swiss Federal Council
Council of States (members)
National Council (members)
The Swiss Party of Labour (German: Partei der Arbeit der Schweiz; French: Parti Suisse du Travail - Parti Ouvrier et Populaire; Italian: Partito Comunista; Romansh: Partida svizra da la lavur) is a communist party in Switzerland.
The party was founded in 1944 by the illegal Communist Party of Switzerland. On May 21 the constituent conference of the Basel Federation of the party was held. On October 14–15 the same year the first Party Congress of the party was held in Zürich. Léon Nicole was elected President and Karl Hofmaier General Secretary.
On July 27 a Swiss Party Conference was held in Bern. Karl Hofmaier was removed from his position due to a financial scandal.
In the national elections of 1947 the party receives 5,1% of votes.
On July 4–6, 1949, the 4th Congress was held. Steps to strengthen the organization as a Cadre Party are taken. Edgar Woog elected General Secretary.
On May 28–30, 6th Congress in Geneva.
On May 16–18, 1959, 7th Congress in Geneva. A new party programme approved with the concept of antimonopolistic unity, "Swiss Road to Socialism" (inspired by the similar programme of the Communist Party of Great Britain).
In 2007, the Ticino section voted to change the cantonal party's name back to the earlier Partito Comunista.
National Elections 2007
Holding two seats in the Swiss National Council (the lower or first chamber of the Swiss parliament) going into the 2007 elections, the party stood candidates in the cantons of Zürich, Vaud, Geneva and the Ticino on their own; in Neuchâtel the candidate appeared on a joint list with Solidarity. While the share of the vote in 2007 was similar to the party's 2003 results (0.7%), the party lost the seat held by Josef Zisyadis, while retaining the seat held by Marianne Huguenin. However, on 1 November 2007 Marianne Huguenin announced her resignation from the National Council to focus on her position as mayor of Renens, Vaud, leaving Zisyadis to take the Party's seat in the National Council representing Vaud.
Results at National Elections
|Year||% of votes||Seats|
|National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale/Cussegl Naziunal)|
|Election year||# of
| % of
overall seats won
- Data Bank of Swiss Towns and Cantons (BADAC) http://www.badac.ch/
- "Nationalrat 2007".
- "Site de Marianne Huguenin - Je dois faire un choix. Et j’ai choisi Renens".