Majority of public backs plan to 'name and shame' companies employing foreign workers - poll

Posted On: 
6th October 2016

Almost 60% of the public support the Government’s proposal to force companies to publish what proportion of their workforce is foreign, a new poll has found. 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd giving her speech to this year's Conservative conference
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The policy, which attracted a backlash from across the political spectrum when announced on Tuesday, has the support of a majority of Ukip, Conservative and Labour voters, according to the YouGov survey.

Overall, 30% of respondents said they strongly support the idea, 29% somewhat support it, 14% somewhat opposed and 12% strongly opposed.

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Amber Rudd, who announced the idea at the Conservative conference, signalled yesterday she could climb down on the policy, saying the Government was not “definitely going to” press ahead with it after a consultation.

Labour, Liberal Democrats and some Conservatives, including Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, spoke out against the proposals after they were announced.

The leaders of the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens issued a joint statement condemning the proposal.

Business leaders also hit out at the ‘name and shame’ idea, but today’s polling found it wins widespread support from voters.

Some 86% of Ukip voters, 73% of Tories, and 51% of Labour supporters back it.

Lib Dem backers favour it by 48% to 37% and the SNP is divided, with 46% supportive and 46% opposed.