Responding to proposals in the Queen’s Speech to allow parents more flexible working hours, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for flexibility for all workers.
Speaking at a conference, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber quoted the case of Merton Borough Council in London where flexible working saw increased productivity, reduced absence and improved morale.
Mr Barber said: “The right to ask for a greater work/life balance should be something for everyone at work, whatever their job, whatever their status, whatever their outside responsibilities.”
He dismissed private sector criticism of flexible working. “The Government should not be put off by the remarks of a few mean-minded, inflexible employers.”