EU countries are taking necessary precautions to protect people from COVID-19 -- but if we don’t act soon, those precautions could leave millions stranded with no job or safety net.
We don’t have time for complicated applications or huge stimulus packages that put corporations first. We need emergency relief for ordinary people put out of work by the mass shutdowns -- right now, before we can no longer afford housing or to feed our families.
There’s a simple answer: an unconditional basic income for everyone -- essentially a liveable income guarantee, in addition to existing welfare provisions, to cover lost income. The EU has the means and authority to make this happen. All it needs is a big push from you and me, before that money goes toward yet another corporate bailout.
If COVID-19 shutdowns haven’t affected you or someone you know yet, it’s only a matter of time. From restaurant workers and tour guides to hairdressers and music teachers, people all over the continent are wondering how they’re going to be able to pay their next bill.
EU countries pride themselves on their social safety nets, but the coronavirus crisis is proving that even those have limits. The time has come for something different.
And here’s the thing: basic income is no longer that radical of an idea. Even in the US and UK politicians are admitting it might be the only way to prevent countless citizens from falling into poverty. Why not here, too?
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures -- and it’s up to you and me to make sure that the measures the EU takes are the right ones.
The time has come. We need an unconditional basic income across Europe now!