Federal Initiative for an «Unconditional Basic Income»
From a logic of insurance to a logic of existence
Machines and digitalization are replacing ever more the human workforce. An old dream of humanity is slowly becoming a reality. However, while still based on the idea of full employment, our social contract needs to be renewed, so that even after the advent of robotics everybody will have the guarantee of a living income.
The unconditional basic income (UBI), would replace many existing welfare programmes. Given to everybody, no questions asked, it would eradicate poverty and dependence on welfare. However complementary programmes, like unemployment insurance would still exist.
Choosing one’s work
The UBI would allow us to choose a job depending on it’s advantages and conditions. It would eliminate the obligation to accept any job just to survive.
Supporting the real economy and entrepreneurship
The UBI could also play the role of a micro-credit, covering the costs of existence and thus favoring the success of young businesses.
The UBI would give many people the security to choose part-time work, thus allowing other people to get a job too.
Favor the family
The parents, the children and the people who take care of close friends can thanks to the UBI better take care from each other.
The UBI would democratize higher education and allow everybody to educate themselves for their entire life.
Developing creative life
The UBI encourages cultural and artistic life as well as research and innovation, which are the foundations of Swiss prosperity
Today, we say YES to a fundamental principal. Our politicians and the people will ensure it’s good implementation.
Film “Basic income, a cultural impulse”.
Authors : Daniel Häni and Enno Schmidt (1:40′ – Germain spoken – English subtitles available)
History of social rights in Switzerland
The Federal Law on Factories is enacted, prohibiting factory employement of children under 14 and limiting adults’ working hours to 11 hours per day.
The 48-hour working week, demanded by the 1918 General Strike, is introduced.
The Federal Law on Old-age and Survivors’ Insurance (LAVS) is accepted in a popular vote. It was another of the demands of the 1918 General Strike.
The Swiss parliament enacts the Law on Invalidity Insurance (LAI). The request for this measure had been outstanding for over 35 years.
The Law on Work, guaranteeing two weeks’ paid holiday for all workers, is voted in.
65.7% of Swiss men grant women the right to vote and be elected. Previous attempts had failed for fear that it would make women into worse wives and mothers.
…The Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) will be voted on
UBI for all and all for UBI!
“What job would you want to do with a basic income?” is question you can answer at our webcam site:
The initiative for an unconditional basic income is supported by a network of independent citizens in all of Switzerland. This network has representatives in key regions. Below you’ll find a list with the different groups. Your region isn’t represented? Contact us! The campaign coordination will help you launch your own group. You’re too busy and can’t join the campaign? Then please support our action with your donation !