5 reasons in favour of a basic income
The corona crisis proved once and for all that something is fundamentally wrong with our system. The time has come for fundamental change and an end to the patchwork policy approach. If not now, when?
A secure unconditional livelihood as a human right
A basic income provides the foundation for a life of dignity and self-determination. For fair participation for ALL in the achievements of the economy. For more freedom, confidence and health. For less fear, stress and dependence.
- Respect as the basis for a society defined by humanity and fairness
- Opportunity to develop as an individual and dedicate more time to meaningful activities
- Transforming the labour market through freedom of choice for ALL
Maintenance of social services
Further development of social services by decoupling it from gainful employment. For a society founded on caring and solidarity, without undignified supplications or stigmatisation and liberated from the constant fear of job loss and poverty.
- Resistance to social crises through secure livelihoods for ALL
- Digitalisation and automation as an opportunity instead of a threat
Recognition of care work
A basic income would elevate the value accorded to the vast amount of vital care work (family work and voluntary work) that has gone unpaid up to now. Currently, over 50% of working hours in Switzerland are unpaid. Economy is care: for more humanity and civic spirit.
- Service on behalf of family, loved ones and society as a whole
- More civic engagement and collective responsibility for the common good
Needs-driven economic activity in dialogue between producers and consumers. More time instead of more money. The economy serves the people, not the other way round.
- Sustainability needs deceleration needs basic income/livelihood
- Responsible treatment and sustainable use of our planet
- A secure livelihood not subject to the dictates of a growth imperative
Financing is achievable
Various models exist for financing. We believe the funding should be based on the earning power of all sectors of the economy and shared in a spirit of solidarity. Parliament would decide within the five-year transitional period which financing model will be applied.
- Cost savings due to fewer stress-related illnesses and less bureaucracy
- Fair and reasonable taxation of finance and tech companies