On 17 June we hosted a webinar with Guy Standing, co-founder of BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network) and formerly with ILO (International Labour Organisation); Tom McDonnell, Economist with NERI (The Nevin Economic Research Institute); and Michael Taft, Researcher for SIPTU (Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union, Ireland’s largest trade union).

At present, a Basic Income is being proposed for the artistic community in Ireland. In addition, the Programme for Government has a commitment to pilot a Universal Basic Income during its lifetime. The aim of this webinar was to discuss the main reasons for the scepticism some in the labour movement have towards UBI, and how this can be addressed. We also talked about how best to raise awareness about the benefits of UBI among this sector more generally.

You can also listen to the audio by itself here: