Working to promote family time at weekends
Tell us your story! Keep Time for Children would like to know how weekend working affects your family life. Do you think that you and your family would benefit if you had the right to take a weekend day off work? Would you like to see this right become part of flexitime legislation? If so, then write a comment on our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of our proposed Family Day Bill, see this link.
Keep Time for Children is one of the flagship initiatives of the Relationships Foundation.
What children want and need more than anything else is time with their parents. Yet today’s children are being time-starved.
Much is said about the problem of long working hours, but Keep Time for Children focuses primarily on the hidden crisis of weekend working. Over the two days when school-aged children can be at home, 1.4 million parents are working regularly through the whole weekend and 2.5 million families are affected by having at least one parent working at some point each weekend.
These parents are more likely than others to be poorly qualified and on a low income. Already at a social disadvantage, they can’t afford to lose their job and often can't risk arguing for working hours which will let them spend time with their family.
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2002) found that 75% of those who work weekends do not do so out of choice. Keep Time for Children is campaigning to give parents that choice.
For further information of the Keep Time for Children Campaign see:
Keep Time for Children
The Relationships Foundation
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Phone: +44 (0)1223 909408
Fax: +44 (0)1223 566 359
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