Voters in Switzerland, angered by high executive pay, backed a plan to increase the control of shareholders over compensation of corporate leaders.
Nearly 70% of voters approved the so-called "Rip-Off Initiative," according to the Swiss television station SRF, which gives shareholders the right to vote on compensation for company directors and executives and bans bonuses bestowed on high-ranking employees when they join or leave a firm.
"Today's vote is the result of widespread unease among the population at the exorbitant remuneration of certain company bosses," said Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga in a press conference over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
Voter outrage was stoked recently by the news that the departing chairman of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG was given an exit deal worth about $77 million. The executive later said he wouldn't take the package, but by then public opinion was firmly cemented for the initiative.