Talking Shop #8 – Money for nothing?

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a new approach to welfare supported by many across the political spectrum from Elon Musk to John McDonnel.

UBI is an approach to pay citizens wages from the state or independent organisations like charities or unions. This is either with the intention of bringing all out of poverty or, as critics would argue, providing a supporting structure for a jobs market of impermanent, short-term and precarious work, the so-called “gig economy”.

In this episode of Talking Shop we are joined by Edanur who will discuss their research into UBI, its value as a policy and its relevance to trade unions. We discuss criticisms of UBI, examples of where it has been trialed and, perhaps most importantly, can you trust Ellon Musk?

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