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
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.