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by Redditors For Basic Income (/r/Basicincome) category: Cause
What would you do with a monthly salary, separate and in addition to any other salary, but earned as a right of citizenship and sufficient for you to meet your most basic
needs for life? That's basic income, and that's what Basic Income Day is about in recognition of the 21st century.
Popularly known as May Day or Labour Day, May 1st has long been 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 by 2033, and in addition eroding any sense of financial security or consumer buying power through the growth of part-time jobs, low-paid work, temp labor, gig labor, freelancing, and zero-hour contracts, unconditional basic income represents the ability to empower all labor on an individual basis. A newly gained ability to say "No" to any and all employers would have an undeniable effect on individual bargaining power. That means greater sharing of profits and higher wages, better hours and workplace conditions, more benefits, etc.
The achievement of basic income would be the achievement of a new voluntary contract on more equal footing between employer and employee, including the empowerment of the employee to become their own employer by UBI's functioning as venture capital for the people. It would mean a new age of greater equality, 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?
Even Andy Stern, former President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in a forthcoming book explains how basic income is the future of the labor movement, and the policy we must all together now strive for in the 21st century. It's an idea whose time has come.
So what can you do?
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 and sharing basic income content across all social media networks on May 1st. Last year we reached 700,000 people. This year, let's reach over 1 million!
In Switzerland there will be over 100 robots protesting with the demand for humans to let them do their work. Other robots all over the world are encouraged to join in with their own local robot protests.
What else can you do any day of the year?
Redditors For Basic Income (/r/Basicincome)
We are /r/Basicincome, the basic income community on Reddit 30,000+ 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?