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16 TONS of GOLD COINS are dumped out of a dump truck into the middle of a town square, creating a mountain of gold coins. This was done to make the point that everyone deserves to have enough money to survive. Everyone has a right to the dignity of choice, instead of a situation of being forced into slavery and working for less than minimum wage, as many people do in the USA, just to pay bills and not end up in the street. 


Swiss citizens are demanding a crucial change in the constitution, pushing for the introduction of a guaranteed income for everyone. RT teamed up with RUPTLY video to follow the story.RT's Peter Oliver is in Bern where supporters of the basic income idea have gathered for a rally. 


This brings up an interesting question. In Iceland, 85% of all citizens belong to a union, with negotiated labor laws/rules that 'guarantee these union workers a high wage, much like a doctor or lawyer. 

In Iceland, even waitresses and cab drivers do not take tips, because as professional union members, they make a high wage and do not need 'tips' to survive financially, as the permanent underclass does in the USA. 

If Iceland and other European countries like Switzerland can provide for all of their workers and pay them well plus provide them with 100% healthcare and other benefits, why can't the USA? 

Why is it that in the USA, union workers and their higher wages, better benefits and more secure workplace rights and representation by union representatives over disputes and legal matters, are seen as a negative thing, instead of a positive development, as it is in the European Union? 

The argument pawned off via corporate owned mass media in the US is that companies cannot 'afford' union workers. Why is it that in Iceland and Germany, just to name two countries, despite having massive union membership and high worker wages plus guaranteed healthcare for everyone, these countries both have very low unemployment rates and spend less on healthcare per person overall with better overal health outcomes, when compared to the US?  

Switzerland - 16 Tons Of Gold Dumped In Town Square - Swiss Debating Unconditional Income For All Law; via @AGreenRoad

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