Labour MP Tulip Siddiq will be presenting her flexible working bill to Parliament in order to make flexibility a benefit for all.
Today Labour MP Tulip Siddiq will be presenting her flexible working bill to Parliament, a piece of legislation that will make real flexibility at work a right for all, rather than a perk only some can access.
The MP shared on Twitter that she was “proud” to be presenting the bill, adding that it was important to offer this benefit to all as we emerge from the pandemic.
She wrote: “As we emerge from the pandemic, let’s give all workers the right to flexible working wherever possible and ensure that flexibility is included in job adverts.”
In a separate tweet she added: “We need to make flexible working a right for all rather than a perk for the few.”
Flexible working increases
Flexible working has come to the fore since the pandemic erupted last year, after employers were forced to allow staff to work from home following new government rules.
However, this impacted working parents who had to juggle their homelife alongside their daily work responsibilities.
Due to this, many employers introduced flexible working arrangements, to allow workers to navigate around this new way of working.
Now it seems that employees do not want to lose this benefit, and are hopeful that employers will continue to support flexible working. This is echoed in McKinsey data which found in April this year that 52% of workers would prefer a more flexible working model post-pandemic.
TUC backs bill
Elsewhere, the TUC has also shared that it backs the bill that Siddiq is proposing. Commenting on the legislation, Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s general secretary, said that no one should “miss out on flexible working options”.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, lots of workers will want to work more flexibly to help them do their job and manage their other responsibilities too,” O’Grady added.
“Flexible working isn’t just about working at home. It can mean having predictable or fixed hours, working as a job-share, or working flexitime term-time only hours or compressed hours.
“No one should miss out on flexible working options. Government must bring in a new right to flexible working for every worker, in every job.”