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Swiss campaigners dump eight million coins

Campaigners for a universal basic income in Switzerland have dumped eight million five-centime pieces outside the country's parliament in Bern.

The coins are being used as a symbol that Switzerland can afford to pay its eight million inhabitants a universal income, instead of welfare payments.

Campaigners say it would be fairer and result in a better work-life balance; opponents argue it would be a disincentive to working.

The country's system of direct democracy means a nationwide referendum is held if 100,000 signatures are collected - and the result is binding.

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