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the right to request flexible working to parents of all children and to consult on extending it to all workers, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

date: 30 September 2010

embargo: For immediate release

Commenting on plans announced today (Thursday) by the Government to extend the right to request flexible working to parents of all children and to consult on extending it to all workers, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Extending the right to request and improving parental leave arrangements will help make Britain a more family-friendly place to work.

'Unions have always negotiated good flexible arrangements with progressive employers but some businesses need a push.

'Experience shows the best way to achieve cultural change is to offer flexible working to all workers and the TUC will press for a universal right when the Government consults on this later in the year.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The right to request flexible working is currently available to parents of children up to the age of 16, parents of disabled children up to age 18 and carers.

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