The world of work has changed. Public attitudes on the role of workers, trade unions and labour law have also changed during the pandemic. People expect the contribution made by workers to be recognised and rewarded. Insecurity, low pay and job segregation are seen as unacceptable. Employment protection and enforcement mechanisms in the UK have been exposed as woefully inadequate. Forty years of neoliberal policies of privatisation, deregulation and austerity have taken their toll and it is time for change. This article explores why, and how the voice of workers and trade unions must be amplified in any post-Covid settlement.