Commenting on the second reading in the House of Lords today (Friday) of Yasmin Qureshi MP’s private members bill on flexible work – which would strengthen working people’s rights to flexible working – TUC General Secretary Paul Nowak said:
“Flexible working should be available to everyone – but we know that many mums, carers and disabled people don’t get the flexibility they ask for at work.
“This bill – along with the government’s commitment to allow employees to ask for flexible working from their first day in a job – is a small step towards that goal.
“But the government must go much further to ensure that flexible work is open to all.
“Ministers must change the law so that every job advert makes clear what kind of flexible working is available in that role, so people know before they start a job whether it works for them and their loved ones.
“And if they are really committed to flexible work, they should give workers the legal right to work flexibly from their first day in a job.”
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