Strong support for boost in workers’ rights in the UK

Friday, April 30th, 2021

A new study carried out by GQR for the UK’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) shows overwhelming support from the UK workforce for wide-ranging proposals to boost workers’ rights.

84 per cent of working people want all workers to have the same set of basic rights, while 80% agree with giving workers the right to take action on unpaid wages, holiday pay or sick pay against any organisation responsible for their pay.

The polling reveals a clear majority of working people want to clamp down on zero-hours contracts:

  • 54 per cent want zero-hours contracts banned, with just 20 per cent opposing;
  • 70 per cent believe that workers should have the right to 28 days’ notice of shifts, with just 10% opposing.

The TUC says that the upcoming Queen’s Speech on Tuesday 11 May must contain a renewed commitment to an employment bill, and that this will be “a litmus test” for the government’s seriousness about improving workers’ rights.

GQR designed and carried out the survey of 2,523 working people in Great Britain aged 16 and over. Fieldwork was conducted online with results weighted to the national profile of working people by age, gender, region, social grade, ethnicity, work status, work sector and experience of furlough.

Data tables for the poll are available to download here.

For more information, contact Peter McLeod, on Twitter @mcleodp or