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Switzerland: Over 70,000 signatures for basic income initiative

A committee of citizens and BIEN-Switzerland are currently collecting signatures for a ‘popular initiative’, which if put to the vote and accepted by the electorate will introduce a basic income into the Swiss Constitution. 120,000 signatures will probably be needed so that the requirement of 100,000 validated ones is satisfied, and half way through the period allowed–which runs until October

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Lausanne (Switzerland), 26 October 2012: Basic income and the Left

This debate is organized by the left-wing monthly “Pages de gauche”, which has published a special issue on basic income in the Summer of 2012. Guest speakers include Bernard Friot (Université Paris X), Gabriel Barta (one of the proponents of a “popular initiative” in favour of basic income), Romain Felli (Pages de gauche) and Yannick Vanderborght (FUSL Brussels and Louvain

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SWITZERLAND: International Labour Organization reaffirms interest in BIG

On the 30th May 2012 the General Conference of the International Labour Organization reaffirmed that the right to social security is a human right and recommended that member countries should ‘establish and maintain … social protection floors … Schemes providing such benefits may include universal benefit schemes, social insurance schemes, social assistance schemes, negative income tax schemes, … .’ For

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Lyssandra Sears (2012) “Give everyone a state income: proposal,” The Local: Switzerland’s news in English, 12 April 2012 09:57

This newspaper article reports on the Swiss effort to raise enough signatures to trigger a referendum on basic income. The effort is supported by high-level politicians as well as by BIEN-Switzerland. The movement needs 100,000 signatures to put the referendum on the ballot.

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SWITZERLAND: An Initiative to Establish Basic Income for All

An initiative to establish a new federal law known as “For an unconditional basic income” [fr] was formally introduced in Switzerland in April. The idea, which consists quite simply of giving a monthly income to all citizens that is neither means-tested nor work-related, has generated commentary throughout the Swiss blogosphere. The Swiss referendum process is a system of direct democracy

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SWITZERLAND: Petition Drive For A Referendum On A Basic Income

On April 21st, 2012 Switzerland is starting a petition for a referendum on a basic income with a big party in Zurich. The referendum would establish the following principles in the constitution: the confederation installs a basic income the basic income allows the whole population a dignified life and full participation the law lays down funding and amount of the

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SWITZERLAND: National Council rejects Basic Income Initiative

According to “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” (NZZ), the National Council of Switzerland has rejected an unconditional Basic Income. On Friday, June 17, 2011, the Council overwhelmingly rejected the parliamentary initiative of Josef Zisyadis and Katharina Prelicz-Huber. The majority had the opinion that an unconditional Basic Income would have too many risks: The social security system would offer a good safety net,

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