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Voters in Switzerland have [overwhelmingly / overwhelmed] rejected a proposal that would have meant introducing a guaranteed [basically / basic] monthly income for all citizens. The referendum took [place / placing] on Sunday and resulted in almost 77 per cent of voters [opposite / opposing] the plan. The idea was to provide a minimum salary to [them / those] who have been a citizen for at least five years, whether they worked or [working / not] . It was suggested the monthly amount could be around $2,500. The group behind the proposal [argued / argument] that the initiative was necessary to overhaul Switzerland's [social / socially] welfare system. A spokesperson said it would help fight poverty and [inequality / unequal] . He added that it would provide a top-up for people who earned less than the minimum [wage / wager] .

Supporters of the plan argued that because work was becoming increasingly [automated / automation] across Switzerland, there were [less / fewer] jobs available for workers. Che Wagner from the [campaign / campaigner] group Basic Income Switzerland argued that the monthly income would not be money for [something / nothing] . He said: "In Switzerland, over 50 per cent of total work that is [doing / done] is unpaid. It's [care / cared] work. It's at home. It's in different communities, so that work would be more [value / valued] with a basic income." Opponents said it would [cause / create] the country many immigration [problem / problems] . Luzi Stamm from the Swiss People's Party said: "You would have billions of people who would try to move [onto / into] Switzerland."

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