Le revenu de base : pansement sur une jambe de bois ou solution ?

Un article en anglais d’Anna Dent pour la RSA s’interroge sur les béné­fices et les limites à attendre d’un reve­nu incon­di­tion­nel pour les tra­vailleurs et tra­vailleuses pauvres.

Basic income would sup­ple­ment the income of people in low paid work, whe­ther through rea­sons of under‐employment, low wages, or inse­cure and unpre­dic­table shifts and contracts. So it would have the imme­diate effect of increa­sing hou­se­hold income and pro­vi­ding more secu­ri­ty and sta­bi­li­ty in income levels.

However, it would be open to the same argu­ments that apply to tax cre­dits and hou­sing bene­fit cur­rent­ly – that they are sub­si­di­sing employers, enabling them to maxi­mise pro­fits by paying low wages, kno­wing that state bene­fits will pick up the slack. If employers can’t or won’t pay wages high enough to keep wor­kers above the pover­ty line, paying a basic income might lift people out of pover­ty, but would it also have any impact on the struc­tu­ral issues in the labour mar­ket ?

Illustration : CCJon Tyson.

Laisser un commentaire

Ce site utilise Akismet pour réduire les indésirables. En savoir plus sur comment les données de vos commentaires sont utilisées.