The pandemic has led to increased support for many types of basic social protection, according to a new ITUC-commissioned poll.
More than 12,000 people in 10 countries were asked: “Thinking back to before the Covid-19 pandemic (March 2020), do you think the following worker rights are more, or less, important now, or has there been no change?”:
- the right to join a union”
- the right to a decent minimum wage”
- the right to strike”
- the right to collectively bargain”
- affordable access to healthcare"
- "access to unemployment benefits
- "paid sick leave”
The top three rights with the largest backing were affordable access to healthcare (58%), access to unemployment benefits (53%) and a decent minimum wage (51%).
If you include the number of people who believe these rights have always been important, the support rises to 82%, 77% and 79% respectively.