The Crisis of Labour, Widespread Precarity and Basic Income


Luca Santini, Sandro Gobetti

Articolo di Luca Santini e Sandro Gobetti, del BIN Italia, per la rivista Cadmus Vol. 2 Issue 6 may 2016. Titolo dell’articolo: “The Crisis of Labour, Widespread Precarity and Basic Income”. Titolo originale in italiano: “Crisi del lavoro, precarietà diffusa e reddito garantito”

Il testo dell’articolo è in inglese.

Abstract

A feeling of uncertainty about the future as well as the perception that the past classical
securities are gone are widely spread among people. Criticism or disaffection affects the
majority of the traditional political forces of the European continent. It is not possible to
talk about the European crisis without referring to the crisis of the wage-based society.
All political options of the past century have de facto put labour at the centre of society.
The post-classical era got its start in the ’80s when, for the first time since World War II,
the phenomenon of mass unemployment affected Europe. The crisis of wage labour cannot
be regarded as a temporary economic conjuncture of an otherwise unlimited growth, all
consequences of the phase must be contemplated in order to design at once a society based
on new principles. For years, after the end of the Fordist system, nothing has been done
to cope with the conditions of precarious workers. The issue of a guaranteed income is,
therefore, crucial and inescapable in order to exit this long-term European crisis. The
European Union should take a stand on the protection of human dignity and on the “right to
exist”. Could basic income at the continental level be the basis for a social Europe? We are
looking forward to it.

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