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17 October 2001

Work-life balance - a negotiator's guide
Flexible or "family-friendly" working has been on the trade union agenda for some time now, with unions and the TUC pushing for legal changes that give workers rights to balance work and home life.

And it is not just working parents who can benefit from improved work-life practices. Unions have been campaigning to ensure that all workers are offered ways of working that allow them to get a better balance between work and other activities.

The latest booklet from the LRD, Work-life balance - a negotiator's guide, gives important information on negotiating both leave and hours to accommodate the variety of caring responsibilities, learning, leisure and other activities that workers are involved in.

And it examines the legal rights workers have in relation to working hours and flexibility, including rights to time off to care for dependants and parental leave.

Work-life balance also provides a major case study of successful joint union and management co-operation at one workplace which improved staff morale and productivity through the introduction of work-life balance policies.

Notes to editors:

1. Work-life balance - a negotiator's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.30 or ?10 for employers/commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?27.75 (?71.00 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 89 years ago. More than 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Tessa Wright at LRD on 020 7902 9817. For general enquiries about LRD booklets contact the editor, Tessa Wright, on 020 7902 9817. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the recently redesigned LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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