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Demand for flexible working is not being met, says TUC

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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has claimed that demand for flexible working is not being met, according to managers.org.uk.

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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has claimed that demand for flexible working is not being met, according to managers.org.uk. It comes after a report by the organisation showed that many women want to work fewer hours. The TUC claims that many female workers are having to take lower-paid jobs with fewer working hours, due to the fact that they are unable to work flexibly in their current positions. Its report found that 40 per cent of women aged 50-64 and three in ten women aged 20-34 wanted fewer working hours. Talking about the situations, Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC, told hrmagazine.co.uk: "While under-employment is a big issue for many workers today, there are millions of people that actually want fewer hours at work." She continued: "Unfortunately too many employers don't recognise any caring roles beyond motherhood, forcing many older women to trade down jobs in order to look after grandchildren, older kids, or their own parents."  Ms O'Grady also suggested that the government could to aid flexible working, which could include working at home in a garden office, by making such flexible working rights are stronger. She said that these rights are particularly important for those with children or grandchildren. The TUC claims that the majority of women over 50 in part-time work earn less than £10,000 per year.

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Samantha Bartlett

18th March 2013