The swiss campaign for an unconditional basic income has launched a new website dedicated exclusively to the initiative and the referendum: initiative-revenudebase.ch. With a modern and attractive interface, it presents essential information on basic income, the initiative, arguments and our support networks, notably: Initiative-Grundeinkommen in Basel, Agentur[zum]Grundeinkommen in Zürich, Forum-Grundeinkommen in Bern, Génération-RBI in the Romandie, TiRBI in Ticino eand BIEN-Switzerland.
Our website is available in four languages: FR, DE, IT, EN. It allows people from Switzerland and from the whole world to support the initiative. You can also access it with the short URL: rbi2016.ch, easy to remember and to share. You can copy this link in your emails, your messages on social media and other websites, in order to make it more visible on search engines. [+]
The twenty-first edition of the interdisciplinary social science journal « A Contrario », entirely devoted to basic income, was published:
« Un revenu de base – une responsabilité citoyenne » A basic income - a civic responsibility
A contrario N°21, Serge Margel (dir.), 172 pages.
As expected, the Council of State rejected in turn the federal initiative. Among the speeches, note that Federal Councillor Alain Berset observed that the initiative proposes to "get out of a logic of insurance to move towards a logic of existence".
The Council of States Liliane Maury Pasquier expressed his side that "The idea to grant all citizens and all citizens unconditionally and individual allocation of indefinite duration, the duration of a lifetime, is distinguished by its simplicity and its fairness. The idea, however, is running in other states, including the Netherlands. At a time when paid work is often pressurized, precarious and where almost half of the current Swiss jobs may disappear in a more or less near future, the unconditional basic income offers a possible and credible alternative horizon. A project to both social and liberal, relying on autonomy and talents of each person, a project that is neither left nor right but touches on core values. " [+]
We were treated to a beautiful subject on the basis of income at 19.30, with explanations, graphics and testimonials. We celebrate and we send a very big thank you to Magali Rochat and Darius Rochebin (movie in French):
We wish to clarify, however, that the unconditional basic income does not completely replace the UI, contrary to what was said.
Martina Chyba, head of the section society and culture of RTS, and convinced of the basic income, opposite Elisabeth Eckert, Head of the Economics Section Matin Dimanche (movie in French):
We have the immense sad to announce the death of Laurent Rebeaud on the night of Dec. 10 to 11, 2015, following an accident. Lawrence worked for a year with us as a member of the coordinating team for the federal initiative. His commitment was most recently illustrated by the filing of a premise to the City of Lausanne for the establishment of a pilot basic income.
The theme of the TEDxLaRochelle of this year was: « The Crisis, What Crisis? »
A great opportunity to talk about basic income! Anne-Beatrice Duparc, an activist in the Swiss movement, it was invited and made a talk on the subject.
I am proud to wear ,what some see as a utopia. Because the utopias is ,what make our changing world. Women vote, the end of slavery, paid leave, were one day utopias that are now realities, thanks to people like you and me. I, today, I will talk about this next utopia that could transform our society: the unconditional basic income.
(English translation soon available) [+]
The Lausanne Municipal Council had before it, a new proposal of experimentation of unconditional basic income (UBI).
Laurent Rebeaud, municipal councilor of the City of Lausanne, filed October 6, 2015 for a postulate requesting the Municipality to launch a study on the desirability and feasibility of a pilot RBI locally, similar to those launched in thirty Dutch cities, including Utrecht. [+]
A new book on the RBI, written by Daniel Häni and Philip Kovce, just released «Was fehlt, wenn alles ist da?» (What is missing when everything is there?)
Why the unconditional basic income raises the good questions.
The unconditional basic income dramatically raises the question of self-determination of a person: what work would you do if you had no need to earn a living? What do you think you are capable of, and what the others? [+]
A non-representative survey of Tagesanzeiger / Newsnet indicates that 49% of the 3112 people who took part in favor of the initiative while only 42% are against. When asked what amount should be paid to adults, 35% of people agree with the proposal of initiators in the amount of CHF 2'500, 14% are for an amount between CHF 1000 and 2 '000.-, 7% for an amount between 3'000.- and 4'000.- and 4% did not know (39% are against any idea of independent labor income). You can find answers to other interesting questions on the Tagesanzeiger site.
You will find answers to other interesting questions on the on the website of the Tagesanzeiger (DE).
It is interesting that, unlike our federal parliamentarians have the initiative now enjoys broad popular support. This is not surprising since, as we have seen during the collection of signatures, it meets a genuine aspiration of the people. [+]
The National Council rejected the initiative by 146 votes against, 14 for and 12 abstentions, a result that is not surprising considering the novelty of our proposal. The next step is consideration by the Commission on Social Security and Public Health of the States Council Thursday 8 and Friday, 9 October, and the vote by the States (see the attached open letter of information we sent to the Commission). The sessions calendar shows it is entirely plausible that the initiative is submitted to popular vote already in June 2016.
146 against – 12 abstentions – 14 for the initiative
(The vote was on the suggestion of rejection emitted by the Commission)
Hereafter extracts from the speech of M. Andreas Gross (Socialist/Zurich) at the National Council : [+]