A new ITUC global public opinion poll found that workers across the globe were struggling to make ends meet and felt that politicians are not listening to their concerns.
Released at the opening of the 4th ITUC World Congress in Copenhagen, 2-7 December, the ITUC Frontline Poll 2018, commissioned from polling company YouGov, covers the general public of fourteen countries: South Korea, Morocco, India, South Africa, Brazil, Denmark, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Bulgaria, Philippines, and Indonesia.
The poll showed:
- 59% of people in work are just about managing financially, struggling to make ends meet, or are not managing at all financially, often going without essentials or falling into debt.
- Nearly one in four (23%) people in work believe their job is insecure.
- Only 37% of people think their voice always or mostly matters in politics.
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC, said, “Governments are failing to respect workers, and they are failing to respect voters. The fragility of the global economy is on show when 59% of people in work are only just managing, struggling to make ends meet or not managing at all and nearly two in three don’t generally feel that their voice matters in politics. Without action to raise wages and change the rules for working people, we put democracy at risk.”
Christy Hoffman, General Secretary of UNI Global Union said, “This latest ITUC poll underscores that governments are letting companies like Amazon get away with the mass exploitation of workers and at the same time avoiding tax and therefore depleting vital public services. We, the unions, are calling out the likes of Bezos and Amazon and demanding change.”
The ITUC, of which UNI is a member, represents the world’s largest global democratic community and its world congress brings together more than 1,200 trade unionists from 132 countries.