The poll shows that working people are struggling with a global wages slump: three-quarters of people (75%) say their income has stagnated or fallen behind.

The economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic have been layered on top of a pre-existing crisis of low-wage and insecure jobs. Every second person has no financial buffer, no ability to save for the tough times ahead and relies on every pay cheque to survive. Without savings or a safety net, millions of people entered the pandemic with a choice between working or starving,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

People are feeling powerless, with two out of three (66%) people across the countries surveyed saying that people like them do not have enough influence on the global economy. Almost as many (63%) believe working people have too little influence. In contrast, the majority of people believe that the richest 1% (65%) and corporate interests (57%) have too much influence.

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