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Majority are denied flexible working, says union poll

One in three requests for flexible working have been turned down, according to new trade union figures
One in three requests for flexible working have been turned down, according to new trade union figures

By Staff Reporter

One in three requests for flexible working have been turned down, according to new trade union figures.

A TUC poll said people in working-class jobs were most likely to miss out on flexible working arrangements.

The figures were released as TUC joins a new campaign for flexible working to be a "day one right".

It said flexi-time is unavailable to over half (58%) of the UK workforce. This number rises to nearly two-thirds (64%) for people in working-class occupations.

Three in 10 workers (28%) say their desire for more flexible hours is one of the main reasons they might look for a new job.

The TUC is joining the Flex for All alliance - along with Pregnant then Screwed, Fawcett Society, Mother Pukka, the Young Women's Trust and the Fatherhood Institute.

The Flex for All campaign has launched a petition to change the law so that flexible working is open to all workers from day one in the job, with employers required to advertise all jobs on that basis.

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TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Flexible working should be a day one right that's available to everyone.

"But under current law bosses have free rein to turn down requests.

"It's not right that millions are struggling to balance their work and home lives. Ministers must change the law so that people can work flexibly - regardless of what type of contract they are on.

"Allowing people more flexibility in how and when they do their work makes them happier and more productive."

The poll, which was carried out online for the TUC by GQR, surveyed almost 3,000 people over the ages of 16 who are employed in both full and part-time roles.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) brings together more than 5.5 million working people who make up its 49 member unions.

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