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Voters who swung from Labour to Conservative want to see greater employment rights after Brexit, according to a TUC poll.
Voters who switched from Labour to Conservative want the Government to enhance and protect workers’ rights, according to a TUC survey.
The post-election representative survey of 2,975 adults by GQR found that 79% of switch voters want the government to protect and enhance workers’ rights currently guaranteed by the EU, such as paid holiday rights. This compares to 65% of Conservative voters generally and 73% overall.
The poll also asked participants about their views on the gig economy. 71% said they want new rights for gig economy workers, including the majority (65%) of Conservative voters and those who moved from Labour to the Conservatives during the election (78%).
The TUC says there is also widespread public support for banning zero-hours contracts (66%) and having union rights in every workplace (63%).
The poll also shows that the NHS (63%) was the most important issue for voters during the 2019 election, followed by Brexit (55%) and the economy (29%).
8 in 10 (82%) voters support increasing funding for the NHS by 4.3% a year. And 6 in 10 (59%) say they would be willing to pay higher taxes to fund public services properly, compared to 3 in 10 (31%) who wouldn’t.
Even among Conservative voters (56%) there is majority support for raising taxation to maintain decent public services, says the TUC.
It says 68% support an immediate increase to the minimum wage of £10 an hour, with this number rising to 76% of those who switched from Labour to the Conservatives.
Most voters (68%) – including 56% of those who voted Conservative – think taxes should be increased for those earning over £80,000 a year.