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UNITED KINGDOM: Trade union GMB passes pro-UBI motion

According to a June 6th news brief in Belfast Telegraph, the British trade union GMB has endorsed a basic income:

The union’s annual conference in Bournemouth voted in favour of lobbying for a basic income benefit for everyone. The motion passed by the GMB said that an unconditional basic income could effectively eradicate the worst levels of poverty.

As reported on its website, GMB has 639,000 members and represents every part of the UK economy.

This announcement came on the same day that the British think tank Compass launched its report on basic income — at a meeting in the House of Commons attended by, for one, John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is entertaining a Labour endorsement of UBI.


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