In today’s tough economic times, we know that millions are struggling to balance their work and home lives.
One of the ways employers can help make it easier for workers is by offering flexible working arrangements.
But according to new polling we’re publishing today, one in three requests for flexible working are being turned down.
And over half of the UK workforce has no access to flexi-time at all – a number that rises to nearly two-thirds for people in working-class jobs.
It’s not right that so many people are being denied something that will make them both happier and more productive at work.
That’s why the TUC is today joining the Flex for All campaign, which is calling for a change in the law so that every worker has access to flexible working from their first day in the job.
We’re joining forces with Pregnant then Screwed, the Fawcett Society, Mother Pukka, the Young Women’s Trust and the Fatherhood Institute to demand change.
Because regardless of what type of contract people work on, they all deserve the right to work flexibly. If you agree, sign the petition.
Flexible working can include part time, flexi hours, home working, compressed hours and job shares.
The polling we commissioned on flexible working was carried out by GQR. Using a nationally representative online survey of the UK adult population in full-time or part-time employment, it showed that:
It’s just not right that so many requests for flexible working are being denied by employers.
This is not only bad for staff morale but bad for business, as all the evidence shows that flexible working boosts productivity, staff wellbeing, staff retention and company profits.
We’ve heard countless stories of how the unavailability of flexible working can impact on workers’ lives and careers.
Take Amy, a former freelancer in film and TV who took a break to have children.
Amy was keen to continue working in an industry that she loved, but found the long hours and lack of flexibility meant it was impossible to take on a job with two young children and a partner also working in the sector.
There was no childcare provision that would cover the up to 14 hours a day she had to work, and she also didn’t want to have to spend that much time at work with young children at home.
Fortunately, when Amy heard about a role at BECTU she and a colleague approached BECTU, which is a sector of Prospect, to ask if they would consider a job-share application, which they did:
Amy’s story is just one example of how getting access to flexible working can really improve people’s working lives.
We want everyone to get the same chance, and that’s why today we’re joining the Flex for All campaign to make flexible working work for everyone.
The Flex for All alliance already includes some of the leading voices in this area, such as Pregnant then Screwed, the Fawcett Society, Mother Pukka, the Young Women’s Trust and the Fatherhood Institute.
Together they’ve started a petition calling for:
We’ve joined the alliance because we agree that flexible working shouldn’t be seen as a perk for favoured employees but as a normal way to work in the modern world.
So we’re calling on ministers to change the law so that people can work flexibly regardless of what type of contract they are on.
If you agree that everyone should have the right to work flexibly from day one in the job, then join the campaign and sign the petition now.
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