Angela Rayner responds to reports Govt proposing to legislate “default” right to work from home
Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work, commenting on reports that the government is proposing to legislate for workers to have a “default” right to work from home, said:
“Throughout this crisis this government has failed working people time and time again, from refusing to classify Covid as a ‘serious’ workplace risk to failing to crack down on unsafe workplaces and rogue employers who have put their staff at risk.
“As we emerge from this crisis, we cannot have one-sided flexibility that allows employers to dictate terms to their workers when it comes to flexible working arrangements.
“Instead of leaks and briefings the government must publish their proposals for office-based workers post July-19th, and the starting point must be a strengthening of workers’ rights on flexible working so that workers are not pressured or blackmailed back into unsafe workplaces.”