IN the plane to Tanzania, I read an amazing article in “l’hebdo”, who is talking about the Universal Revenue or the Unconditional Base Revenue (UBR), that the Swiss people could have to vote as a popular initiative if the number of signature needed is achieved.
The concept of the UBR is that each citizen will receive a fix revenue per month to cover their vital needs.
Very interesting proposal, that would challenge all actual principle that you need to work to receive money.
If the initiative would go through, probably voted end 2016, which I believe will not, you will ask why, because we are simply not ready to accept it and will be extremely difficult to finance on top of it.
The calculated revenue estimated would be around 2500 CHF. I need to investigate more deeply to evaluate what it will cover, but basically the health insurance and let take our case it would cover as well our monthly grocery bill but I doubt it would cover much of the rent as it one of the important expense that Swiss people have.
So what is the concept behind the UBR, in our modern world and with the technological progress, we made, we are able to produce every day more with less human activity and therefore generate a lower income for families.
The other reason is that the revenues don’t correspond anymore to the work value, especially in our increasing collaborative economy, therefore a lot jobs are not properly paid, e.g.: child carer!
Finally the a job remunated is not anymore an obligation but a choice.
What do you think about the UBR?