Nov 3 @7pm EST
Should Freelancers Advocate for Universal Basic Income
A webinar hosted by :
Canadian Freelance Union/Syndicat canadien des pigistes
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This webinar hosted by the Canadian Freelance Union will explore what Basic Income may mean to freelancers in the arts, including the unions of artists, writers, technicians, and performers, as well as from a labour perspective. We might also examine what it should take to achieve and what its impact might be.
The onset of the pandemic, and workers facing unprecedented levels of unemployment and loss of income, has renewed debates in Canada about whether a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a social program we should be fighting for.
Proponents of UBI see it as a way to reduce poverty and create a safety net for all Canadians.
Others argue that UBI doesn’t deal with the structural problems facing workers, and could actually be harmful and lead to a commodified form of social services, forcing workers to become shoppers of services in the private market.
This webinar will explore what Basic Income may mean to freelancers in the Arts, including the unions of artists, writers, technicians, and performers, as well as from a labour perspective. We will also examine what it would take to achieve and what its impact might be.
- Navjeet Sidhu is a Unifor National Representative in the Research Department and has been doing research, policy work and organizing for nearly 15 years in various labour, social justice organizations and advocacy groups. He currently sits as vice-chair of the Council of Canadians and is on the steering committee of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.
- Craig Berggold is a freelance independent artist who is involved in the labour movements. He is the elected Academic Representative at Public Service Alliance of Canada-Ontario Regional Council and former President (2014-19) of PSAC-901. Craig is also the volunteer team leader for the Case for Basic Income and the Arts campaign.