Labor Party’s vice-chair Angela Rayner said all workers should be able to enjoy the benefits of working from home even after the Covid pandemic ends. (Photo by Dan Kitwood via Getty Images)

A Labor government would give workers a legal right to work from home, Vice-Chair Angela Rayner announced.

As part of a new reform package, all employees are also to be given the “right to switch off” in order to avoid the boss being contacted by phone or email outside of working hours.

Rayner said Labor would oblige employers to provide “flexible working” from day one when there was no reason not to do a job with different hours or remotely.

The shadow minister for labor said all workers should be able to enjoy the benefits of working from home even after the Covid pandemic is over.

Homeworkers are also encouraged to join unions so that they can continue to organize collectively on working conditions.

The right to flexible working hours – including flexible working hours, staggered working hours, and flexibility in childcare and care responsibilities – aimed to ensure that “work adapts to people’s lives rather than dictating their lives,” she said.

Some of the changes the party would like to see include flexibility in school runs for parents, as well as childcare during school holidays.

Labor is also calling for an end to the “one-sided flexibility” that bosses currently enjoy so that all workers have a secure job and regular and predictable work.

Commuters, most of whom continue to wear face masks, at Waterloo Station (Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Commuters, most of whom continue to wear face masks, at Waterloo Station (Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Unions would have better access to jobs, including homeworkers, to ensure fair flexibility for all through a common voice for all workers, including those who work flexibly or remotely.

“Work will make flexible work a positive force so everyone can enjoy the benefits of flexible working, from better work-life balance to less commuting and more family time,” said Rayner.

“The ‘new normal’ after this pandemic must mean a new deal for all working people based on flexibility, security and strengthened rights in the workplace.

“The right to flexible work will change our economy and the world of work for the better, prevent women from losing their jobs or even dropping out of the labor force altogether, and end the sexist assumption that dad works in the office and mom takes care of work.” the children at home and improve the lives of millions of workers. “

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Boris Johnson promised in the Conservative Manifesto of 2019 to make flexible working the “standard”, but appears to have put the plans on hold along with a labor law.

Last month, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said, “We have asked people to work from home during the pandemic, but there are no plans to make it permanent or introduce a legal right to work from home … It is It is important to emphasize that there are no plans to standardize work from home or to create a legal right to work from home. “

The TUC found that 82% of workers would like to work flexibly (87% for women workers), while the most popular form of flexible hours, flexitime, is not available to more than half of UK workers.

Around 30% of applications for flexible working hours are rejected because employees have no statutory entitlement to variable working hours. The UK ranks 24th out of 25 countries when it comes to how often work demands interfere with family life.

Two-thirds of working mothers have no childcare during this summer vacation, and before Covid, only 3.6% of eligible fathers took shared parental leave.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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