Almost Three Quarters Of Working Mums REFUSED Furlough – Netmums

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Almost three quarters of working mums REFUSED furlough

First published on Monday 18 January 2021

Last modified on Tuesday 19 January 2021

Lucy Dixon

A poll of 50,000 people found that 71% of working mums have been refused furlough by their employers, meaning many are having to juggle work and homeschooling or take unpaid leave.

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is calling for furlough to be made a legal right for parents and those with caring responsibilities.

It comes after a poll of more than 50,000 people revealed seven in 10 requests for furlough from working mums had been TURNED DOWN.

The research found that women are, once again, bearing the brunt of childcare during lockdown, and nine out of 10 mums said it was affecting their mental health.

The TUC’s poll also found that 25% of mums are using annual leave to look after the kids while schools are closed, with a further 7% taking unpaid leave to homeschool.

This means many mums are worried that they’ll have no holiday allowance left for later in the year during Easter and summer holidays, while others are receiving no income while they homeschool.

Tens of thousands of mums have told us they are despairing.

It’s neither possible nor sustainable for them to work as normal, while looking after their children and supervising schoolwork.

Making staff take weeks of unpaid leave isn’t the answer.

— Trades Union Congress (@The_TUC)

The TUC’s General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

‘Tens of thousands of mums have told us they are in absolute despair.

‘Bosses must do the right thing and offer maximum flexibility to mums and dads who can’t work because of childcare. And as a last resort, parents must have a temporary right to be furloughed where their boss will not agree.

‘The UK’s parental leave system is one of the worst in Europe. It’s time for the government to give all parents the right to work flexibly, plus at least ten days’ paid carers leave each year.’

The TUC said that just 7% of respondents (2,660) were men, and they had been refused furlough at a similar rate to women – 75%.

Lots of other organisations have backed the TUC’s call, including the Women’s Equality Party who shared this video asking if Boris Johnson would be able to work and look after children at the same time:

Imagine if Boris had to juggle childcare and work…

👶 How long can you listen for?
👶 Could you summarise the key points?

Parents have struggled with this balancing act for months. Share our video to demand all parents have a legal right to shared furlough. #RightToFurlough

— Women’s Equality Party (@WEP_UK)

Parenting blogger and influencer Anna Whitehouse, aka @mother_pukka, has also joined the debate.

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