Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

Helen Polley citing The McKell Institute’s report into the Fair Work Commissions penalty rates decision for Tasmania’s The Mercury.  Extract The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates is a huge blow to the pay packets of Tasmania’s most vulnerable and lowest-paid workers. I don’t think anybody ever expected that the Fair Work Commission … [Read More] Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Anna Patty The employment safety net needs a wide-ranging overhaul and minimum rates of pay should be cut in order to help solve youth unemployment, says former Fair Work Commission vice-president Graeme Watson. In in his first public appearance since resigning last month, Mr Watson used a speech at the Centre … [Read More] National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

Financial Stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – ABC

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe, ABC Health & Wellbeing – Refers to the work of Dr Dina Bowman & her team at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial dire straits. “Within a month, I went from owning my … [Read More] Financial Stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – ABC

Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Mark Smith “Money for nothing” is not just a song from 1985 by Dire Straits but also, it seems, a new wave of policies supporting the government providing an income for citizens, regardless of their economic activity. Benoît Hamon, the surprise winner of the first round of the socialist primaries in … [Read More] Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Why a universal basic income is a poor substitute for a guaranteed job – ABC News

Extract from an article by Claire Connelly Creating a universal basic income as a means of addressing unemployment and productivity problems has become the topic du-jour as workers become increasingly separated from the means of production, with even modest salaries failing to cover the cost of living. Consequently, Australian taxpayers have had to take on a … [Read More] Why a universal basic income is a poor substitute for a guaranteed job – ABC News

Can Less Work be More Fair? A discussion paper on Universal Basic Income and shorter working week – The Green Institute

SUMMARY Does a world with more insecure work need to be a world of greater instability and fear? Couldn’t it, instead, be an opportunity to build a fairer, greener society? That’s the fundamental question we ask, and try to answer, in an exciting new paper we’re publishing today – Can Less Work be More Fair? … [Read More] Can Less Work be More Fair? A discussion paper on Universal Basic Income and shorter working week – The Green Institute

A ‘simple policy’ to make a universal basic income a reality – World Economic Forum

Extract from an article by Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Minister, Greece The right to laziness has traditionally been only for the propertied rich, whereas the poor have had to struggle for decent wages and working conditions, unemployment and disability insurance, universal health care, and other accoutrements of a dignified life. The idea that the poor should be granted … [Read More] A ‘simple policy’ to make a universal basic income a reality – World Economic Forum

Social protection and basic income in global policy – Global Social Policy

Extract from an article by Moritz von Gliszczynski Since the early 2000s, social protection has become a mainstay in global policy debates and has been recently named as an instrument to achieve the United Nation’s (UN) sustainable development goals (UN, 2016). This is the outcome of a long-term shift in policy: after decades of neglect at the global level, … [Read More] Social protection and basic income in global policy – Global Social Policy

Citizen’s Income: Rights and Wrongs (UK) – Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion

ABSTRACT A Citizen’s Income, or a Basic Income, is not a new idea but it has been receiving increasing attention. There is confusion about the idea and an attempt is made to distinguish different concepts. Then a full Citizen’s Income is examined in relation to four key criteria: the justice of an unconditional benefit; the … [Read More] Citizen’s Income: Rights and Wrongs (UK) – Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion

Why a Citizen’s Basic Income experiment is vital (Scotland) – NESTA

Extract from a blog post by Peter McColl One of the most exciting developments of the last year has been the creation of a Citizen’s Basic Income Network (CBIN) in Scotland. Bringing together a wide range of people who have an interest, and who have done work on citizen’s income, the group has been working … [Read More] Why a Citizen’s Basic Income experiment is vital (Scotland) – NESTA

Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income – The Independent

Extract from an article by Lucy Pasha-Robinson Development of radical scheme, which would see welfare benefits including child and tax credits replaced with universal flat-rate payment, due to be tested in Fife  Scotland could roll out a universal basic income pilot after a trial won huge backing from anti-poverty campaigners. Development of the scheme, due to … [Read More] Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income – The Independent

Why the changing nature of work means we need a Universal Basic Income – Medium

Extract from an article by Frances Coppola We have a crisis of work. The secure, well-paid jobs of the past?—many of them in manufacturing—are disappearing. What is replacing them is insecurity and uncertainty. Low-paid, part-time, temporary and seasonal work. The “feast or famine” of self-employment. The so-called “sharing economy”, where people rent out their possessions … [Read More] Why the changing nature of work means we need a Universal Basic Income – Medium

Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream – Australian Parliamentary Library

Extract from a Research Paper by Don Arthur Executive summary • A universal basic income (UBI) is a payment made to all adult individuals that allows people to meet their basic needs. It is made without any work or activity tests. • The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) is not new but until recently had … [Read More] Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream – Australian Parliamentary Library

Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come? The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gideon Haigh Just as the fourth industrial revolution in Australia will transform jobs, it will do the same for the welfare system. Universal basic income, targeted cash transfers, negative income tax and a family wage could be ways to guarantee living standards for ordinary people and keep the economy afloat.. n … [Read More] Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come? The Guardian

Selection of articles: Impacts of Economic Growth on Basic Income

Impacts of Economic Growth on Basic Income – A selection of articles from a variety of sources Average city size and economic growth / SA Frick, A Rodríguez-Pose – Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 2016 — … The coefficients are similar between the fixed effects and system GMM, but lower in the 2SLS … In order to understand … [Read More] Selection of articles: Impacts of Economic Growth on Basic Income

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