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Published on Oct 16, 2016
From Basic Income Conference Christiansborg 22 sept 2016. Questions to the Panel with Bjarke Friborg & Anne Marie Frederiksen regarding their presentations:
Bjarke Friborg: With a changing labour market and precarisation on the rise, trade unions need to be inclusive towards freelancers, self-employed and “atypical workers” in general. This implies a multifaceted approach towards collective rights, economic security and new work platforms, focusing on the empowerment of members to take more control over their own lives and notably their job situation. In practice, this could mean a trust-based policy towards unemployed members in a simplified unemployment insurance fund system and a focus on more mutualist arrangements.
Anne Marie Frederiksen: What would happen if long-term unemployed were allowed to decide for themselves what at least some of the money, that is spent every year to prepare them for the labour market, should be used for? The municipality of Aarhus has decided to find out and, in collaboration with the Social Development Center and the Velux Foundation, it has initiated a development project which has made it financially possible to give long-term unemployed a cash grant of up to DKK 50,000 (approx. € 6700). The recipient is personally responsible for how and for what the money is spent. The objective is to make way for a much wider range of options than is possible with traditional welfare benefits and allow the citizen the possibility of self-ownership and -management. The overall goal is to establish a new culture of dialogue in the occupation-targeted collaboration between citizen and municipality. At the conference, will be presented the first insights and results from the experiment.