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Switzerland: National Referendum will be held on Basic Income

Switzerland will hold national referendum to vote on basic income. On October 4, 2013 activists delivered more than the necessary 100,000 to call for the vote. The organizing committee for the initiative has been collecting signatures for months in preparation for this event. The proposal is for a substantial basic income of 2,500 francs ($2,756US) per month for every adult legal resident of Switzerland.

truck dumping load of 8 million five-rappen coins
Truck dumping load of 8 million five-rappen coins in
front of Swiss federal palace

Along with the signatures, supporters held a large demonstration outside the Federal Palace in Bern. At the demonstration they dropped a dump truck load of 8 million five-rappen coins, one for each person living in Switzerland. Assuming the signatures are valid, the government is now obliged to schedule a vote in the near future.

For more on the initiative see:
Alice Baghdjian (author) Denis Balibouse (reporter), and Gareth Jones (editor), Swiss to vote on 2,500 franc basic income for every adult Linked to another web site

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