Swiss referendum, 2013
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A three-part referendum was held in Switzerland on 3 March 2013. Voters were asked whether they supported a federal order on family policy, an amendment to the federal law on spatial planning, and an initiative on executive pay that would introduce binding shareholder votes on salary levels, as well as banning golden hellos for new employees and golden parachutes for departing staff. The family policy question was approved by a majority of voters, but rejected by a majority of cantons. The planning question was approved by a majority of voters and did not require a cantonal majority. The executive pay initiative was approved by around two-thirds of voters and all cantons.
Family policy 
On 15 June 2012 a federal order was passed on family planning. It would make an amendment to the Swiss Constitution requiring the federal government to work with cantonal governments to promote work–life balance and improve the provision of day care, as well as ensuring the needs of families are considered in government policies.
On 15 June 2012 an amendment to the federal law on spatial planning was passed, which limited the amount of land available to communities for development purposes to that equivalent needed for the next fifteen years. It also introduced a 20% tax rate on land transactions for owners of land for development.
Executive pay 
The proposals were conceived by Thomas Minder, who launched a campaign in 2008 following significant losses at UBS, which were blamed on a bonus culture leading to excessive risk-taking by managers. They would amend legislation to:
- requires an annual vote by shareholders for the president and other members of the management board of directors, members of the remuneration committee, and any advisory board and executive officers of the organisation.
- require the articles of association to include bonus schemes and pay plans for directors and executive officers, any loans granted to such employees, the number of mandates outside the organisation, and the duration of employment contracts of executive officers.
- ban advance and severance packages.
- ban corporate proxy and the representation of shareholders by depository banks.
- requires pension funds to disclose the way it votes, and to vote in the interests of pension policyholders.
Polls in January 2013 suggested that a majority was in favour of the proposals, although they were opposed by the Economiesuisse business lobby and the Swiss government. Supporters of the initiative spent 200,000 Swiss Francs, while opponents spent 8 million Swiss Francs in their campaign to block reform.
Electoral system 
|Turnout||Cantons for||Cantons against|
|Source: Government of Switzerland|
- Election Profile IFES
- Swiss edge towards binding vote PIRC
- Majority of Swiss back "fat cat" pay curbs - poll Reuters, 13 January 2013
- Switzerland, 3 March 2013: Family politics Direct Democracy (German)
- Switzerland, 3 March 2013: Spatial planning law Direct Democracy (German)
- Swiss referendum backs executive pay curbs BBC News, 3 March 2013
- Say-on-pay Deloitte, 19 July 2012
- Swiss government says proposed "fat cat" curbs go too far Reuters, 18 December 2012
- Peer Teuwsen (24 Januar 2013), "Initiative gegen „Abzocker“: Minders Kampf" (in German), Die Zeit (5)
- Andreas Fagetti (31 Januar 2013), "Eine Watsche für die da oben" (in German), WOZ Die Wochenzeitung (5)
- CH: 11 cantons enable their voters residing abroad to vote online in March 2013 Global Centre for ICT in Parliament