Two thirds against shares for rights

Almost two thirds of people in Britain think the government’s proposed employee-owner scheme is a bad idea, according to the results of a YouGov poll released yesterday. The scheme would allow employees to choose to receive £2,000 to £50,000 worth of shares in the company, in exchange for waiving employment rights. Support was split on party lines: 46 per cent of Tory supporters opposed the idea, while 79 per cent of Labour supporters and 64 per cent of Lib Dem backers opposed.