TUC and Government to tackle long hours culture

The
TUC is set to work in partnership with the Government to help tackle the long
hours and low skills culture in the UK workforce.

Both
sides have agreed that workplace learning and work-life balance partnership
projects will drive up best practice by employers.

Speaking
at the college of North East London, TUC general secretary John Monks said
partnerships between unions and management are fundamentally changing the way
people work.

"Together
they are coming up with innovative ways to respond to staff demands for a
better work-life balance while becoming more efficient.

"The
government recognises our contribution to the development of  a workplace learning culture and good
constructive industrial relations," he said.

Alan
Johnson, the minister for employment relations, said there are synergies
between the TUC’s  work and that of the
Government and claimed that work-life balance 
can  improve productivity.

"Employers
want flexibility in order to compete and provide better services; employees
want flexibility to balance their lives and do their jobs well. Successful
employers work with their employees to organise work in ways that meet business
targets and staff needs," he said.

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By Ross Wigham

 

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