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UNION WELCOMES LOCAL GOVT INITIATIVE ON WORK-LIFE BALANCE

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The Transport and General Workers' Union has welcomed the publication of ...
The Transport and General Workers' Union has welcomed the publication of

national guidance for local authority staff on getting the balance right

between work and life. Diana Holland, the T&G national organiser for women

race and equalities, and Jack Dromey, T&G national organiser for local

government, said today was a landmark day for local authority staff. They

pledged that the T&G will be committed at local and national level to ensure

the new guidance is made freely available and acted on in councils up and

down the country.

Diana Holland said:

'Local authority workers are under unprecedented pressure to modernise and

deliver cost-effective services against a background of ever increasing

public demand and high levels of expectations.

'Having access, therefore, to proper advice and guidance on achieving a

balance between work and life outside of work is essential. Too often in the

past, delivering on the public's expectations and supporting work-life

balance have been seen in opposition to each other. This guidance shows how

family friendly , lifelong learning and disability equality policies can be

delivered alongside enhanced services.'

Jack Dromey added:

'The T&G in local government has always sought to be innovative, inspiring

and initiators of best practice. I'm pleased, therefore, that we have been

able to work with the employers and other trade unions to produce effective

and welcome advice on today's big workplace issue.'

The T&G has played a pivotal role with the employers' organisation in local

government as well as the other local government trade unions to produce the

national guidance. The guidance provides advice on new approaches to working

time, working at and from home, support with childcare and other caring

responsibilities and developing local social partnerships which involve

employees in managing change.

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