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Swiss vote no to free True / False
monthly income for all a) Nearly 77% of Swiss voters voted no to a free
salary for all. T / F
8th June, 2016
b) The scheme was only for Swiss people who
Voters in are citizens by birth. T / F
Switzerland have c) The suggested free monthly salary was
overwhelmingly around $2,500. T / F
rejected a proposal
that would have d) People who were already working would not
meant introducing a get any of the salary. T / F
guaranteed basic e) Supporters argued that automation meant a
monthly income for free salary was necessary. T / F
all citizens. The
referendum took f) A campaign group said the money would not
place on Sunday be for nothing. T / F
and resulted in g) The group said 25% of all work done in
almost 77 per cent of voters opposing the plan. The Switzerland was unpaid. T / F
idea was to provide a minimum salary to those who
have been a citizen for at least five years, whether h) The Swiss People's Party said millions would
they worked or not. It was suggested the monthly move to Switzerland. T / F
amount could be around $2,500. The group behind
the proposal argued that the initiative was Synonym Match
necessary to overhaul Switzerland's social welfare
system. A spokesperson said it would help fight 1. rejected a. revamp
poverty and inequality. He added that it would 2. referendum b. free
provide a top-up for people who earned less than
3. initiative c. was paid
the minimum wage.
4. overhaul d. more and more
Supporters of the plan argued that because work
was becoming increasingly automated across 5. earned e. plan
Switzerland, there were fewer jobs available for 6. supporters f. neighbourhoods
workers. Che Wagner from the campaign group 7. increasingly g. said no to
Basic Income Switzerland argued that the monthly
income would not be money for nothing. He said: 8. unpaid h. complications
"In Switzerland, over 50 per cent of total work that 9. communities i. public vote
is done is unpaid. It's care work. It's at home. It's 10. problems j. backers
in different communities, so that work would be
more valued with a basic income." Opponents said
it would cause the country many immigration
problems. Luzi Stamm from the Swiss People's
Discussion – Student A
Party said: "You would have billions of people who a) What do you think of robots doing all the
would try to move into Switzerland." work and people getting paid?
Sources: BBC.com / CNN.com / expatica.com b) Should everyone get the same salary,
whatever his/her job?
Writing c) Should people get paid for housework and
For a fairer society, all salaries should be the same, looking after elderly parents?
regardless of the job. Discuss. d) Is there such a thing as 'money for nothing'?
e) What things should a basic income cover?
Chat f) Would Switzerland have immigration
Talk about these words from the article. problems if it introduced the plan?

voters / rejected / proposal / income / g) How should governments help poorer-paid
referendum / minimum / salary / welfare / people?
supporters / automated / workers / Switzerland / h) What questions would you like to ask those
communities / opponents / billions who said no?

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