Received from: Accord
Congress notes that more than eight in 10 workers want to work more flexibly in the future. As a recent TUC report argues, genuine two-way flexibility can be a win-win arrangement for both workers and employers, allowing people to balance their work and home lives, promote equality at work and boost morale and motivation.
However, Congress also notes that too often so-called flexibility can be a one-way street. Zero-hours and casual contracts and other forms of precarious employment dominate parts of our labour market – leaving many workers unsure how much they will earn, or what shifts they are expected to work.
Over the course of the pandemic many office-based workers have worked effectively from home or in a hybrid way, but Congress notes that enforced working from home has the potential to entrench existing inequalities. With this in mind, Congress urges employers to work positively with unions to agree approaches to hybrid and flexible working – flexible working needs to be negotiated and agreed with workers, not imposed in a top-down manner.
Congress urges the General Council to continue to campaign for government to take action as outlined in the TUC report The Future of Flexible Work, to ensure every worker can work flexibly.
Congress also calls on the General Council to co-ordinate union efforts to ensure that every worker – including those working flexibly – has effective access to and support from a union, because the best way to ensure fair flexibility for workers is through collective action.
At the end of paragraph 4, add:
“with all jobs that can be worked flexibly advertised as such. Cultures of presenteeism must be eliminated and the gains made in accessing remote working maintained with no loss to pay or working conditions.”