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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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Kate has previously made a living as a professional student, with her most recent academic interests including philosophy of language and pragmatics. She has been a writer and reporter for Basic Income News since March 2016, and she received an Economic Security Project grant work 2017 in support of her work. She also accepts donations on Patreon (although she is in the process of moving to a platform for one-time donations), where she explains a little more about her role in the UBI community.

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