FSU calls for more “work from home” flexibility

  • By Zilla Efrat

The Finance Sector Union has written to more than 50 banks, insurance companies and super funds calling on them to give employees more choice about returning to the office.

This follows a survey of its members which shows that the overwhelming majority are worried about contracting COVID-19 as they return to working in the office and that many are concerned about spreading the virus to vulnerable loved ones.

The report, Working From Home: It’s Done Wonders, found that 69 per cent of workers believe there is an increased risk of catching COVID-19 when returning to the office and 60 per cent are concerned about mental health impacts of being forced back to the office.

Over half (57 per cent) expressed concern about the potential disruption any forced return to the office could cause to vital caring responsibilities.

The effects of commuting were also a concern for 75 per cent of staff who say working from home has saved them time and money by not having to spend hours each day travelling to and from work.

FSU national secretary Julia Angrisano says employers should be implementing fair and flexible work which should include the option of fully remote working where possible.

“This is a health and safety issue,” she says.

“Workers should not be forced back to the office when they have real fears about their safety and the safety of their families.

“Employers claim to offer flexibility, but in reality, workers are being told that they must attend the office. Having endured the enormous pressures of working through the pandemic staff deserve better.”