TRADE UNIONS AND BASIC INCOME: SOME DANISH EXPERIENCES

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ERIK CHRISTENSEN

Abstract

Theoretically, there are many good arguments that unions should support a proposal on basic income. The main reason for the Danish trade unions resistance to basic income reform is that it would go against the short-term interest of the unions in organisational self-maintenance. Trade unions will lose power in relation to their members with a basic income. Trade unions have control over individual members by virtue of the collective agreement system and the labour law system. If you have a basic income system, the individual worker will decide when he or she wants to leave his workplace and strike. Suppose a single worker or a group of workers leave their workplace because of dissatisfaction with the working condition. In that case, they will be punished financially according to the rules of labour law rely on any support from their trade union.

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CHRISTENSEN, E. (2021). TRADE UNIONS AND BASIC INCOME: SOME DANISH EXPERIENCES. Society Register, 5(4), 75-86. https://doi.org/10.14746/sr.2021.5.4.05
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Author Biography

ERIK CHRISTENSEN, BIEN Denmark

Erik Christensen, cand.scient.pol. 1972; Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences at Aalborg University, 1977-2010. He is now retired. He is a member of the board of “Borgerlønsbevægelsen”, BIEN Denmark, https://basisindkomst.dk

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