TUC publishes flexible working survey
A survey conducted
by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) of around 2,700 workers found that 30% of flexible working requests were turned down by employers. 58% of workers (and 68% of workers in ‘working class roles’) believed flexible working was ‘unavailable’ in their place of work.
According to Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, there is a link between flexible work and workers’ wellbeing and productivity. She criticised the current legislation for giving employers ‘free rein’ to refuse flexible working requests. Following the findings, the TUC confirmed that it would be joining the Flex for All coalition group to help campaign to change the legislation.
Meanwhile, the Government’s launch of the flexible working jobs board on 1st September 2019 received a mixed reception. Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, and Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, both called for legislation to make jobs ‘flexible by default’. However, Fiona Dawson, chair of the Women’s Business Council, supported the new jobs board and believed it would help women find jobs with a better work-life balance.
A spokesperson from the Department for Work and Pensions commented that the department was considering proposals for flexible working to support parents.
It noted that the last time the DWP promoted flexible working via a portal, the site attracted 30,000 visits.