" Finland trials basic income for unemployed "

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/03/finland-trials-basic-income-for-unemployed
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Finland trials basic income for unemployed
Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to €560 (£477/US$587), in a unique social experiment that is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment.

Interesting .... especially since in June 2016 McDonnell  the Shadow Chancellor said that Labour were giving consideration to the idea of a Universal Basic Income :
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/05/john-mcdonnell-labour-universal-basic-income-welfare-benefits-compass-report

As someone who has for a long time advocated Citizens Income, I  hope the test in Finland is a success.

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/11/why-dont-trade-unions-support-an-unconditional-basic-income-precisely-when-they-should/
This extract may partly explain why Unions have tended not to be enthusiastic about Basic Income / Citizens Income :
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Basic Income challenges the trade union culture of work because it dissociates material existence from work and the rights arising from it. Philippe Martínez, Secretary-General of the French Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) put this clearly enough in a recent interview published in the daily La Vanguardia: “We believe that work structures life, that it’s a place of socialization, of social relations and something which saves people from being isolated or disappearing, as long as the working conditions are decent. This is why we have some doubts about Basic Income.” The important goal is full employment because wage labor gives dignity. Anything else is bromide.
The article goes on to demolish such sanctimoniously 'Unumite' reasoning.