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Basic Income Day is 1st of May

by Redditors For Basic Income (/r/BasicIncome) category: Cause

“This #MayDay let us celebrate victories past & present & begin the fight for our greatest future victory—#Basicincome http://thndr.it/1BZccBu

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Basic Income Day is 1st of May

What would you do with a monthly paycheck, separate and in addition to any other paycheck, earned for nothing other than citizenship and sufficient to cover your most basic needs? That's basic income, and that's what today should be about.

Popularly known as May Day or Labour Day, May 1st is currently a day to internationally recognize the contributions of the global labor movement and its many struggles and achievements over the years. However, where unions once empowered labor and gave us the 40-hour week and the 8-hour day, globalization and advances in technology have severely eroded the ability of unions to effect change.

As automation of the workplace continues to the tune of potentially eliminating half of all current jobs in the next 20 years, and in addition eroding any sense of financial security or consumer buying power through the growth of part-time jobs, low-paid jobs, freelancing, and zero-hour contracts, unconditional basic income represents the ability to empower labor on an individual basis. A newly gained ability to say "No" to employers would have an undeniable effect on employee bargaining power for greater sharing of profits and better wages, job conditions, hours, benefits, etc.

The achievement of basic income would be the achievement of a new voluntary contract between employer and employee, including the empowerment of the employee to become their own employer by functioning as venture capital for the people. It would mean a new age of greater innovation, productivity, and entrepreneurship, where all are finally free to pursue the goals they wish to pursue, and all work could be recognized for its societal value, instead of only paid work as it stands now. Isn't it time we started recognizing all the important labor going unpaid?

Basic income is the future of the labor movement, and the policy we must all together now strive for in the 21st century.

There are many ways to support the idea and to help grow the movement for Basic Income. For one, take part in Basic Income Day by supporting this Thunderclap and by changing your profile photos on May 1st. Some more examples:

Join the growing global movement to create an income floor for everyone.

This is the century of technological emancipation from labor itself. We made it. We’re here. We need only actually embrace it. Unemployment is not something to fear. It is something to welcome.

Without
basic income, on the 1st of May we celebrate Human Labour Day.

With
basic income, tomorrow we celebrate Machine Labour Day.



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We are /r/BasicIncome, the basic income community on Reddit 25,000 strong, and we believe basic income is the most important policy we can and must achieve in the 21st century. Without it, we all face growing inequality, shrinking middle classes, increasing poverty, and more insecure lives. With it, the game changes entirely. What will you do with YOUR basic income?

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