Jacob Rees-Mogg slams civil service unions over WFH demands

Jacob Rees-Mogg slams civil service unions over WFH demands saying they want staff to be able to ‘call in from Tuscany

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg has laid into civil service unions over their WFH demands
  • The Cabinet minister jibed that unions wanted people to work from Tuscany
  • Boris Johnson has been urging people to get back to offices to boost economy
  • 雅各布里斯-莫格 today slammed civil service unions over home working demandssaying they want staff to be able to dial in from Tuscany.

    The Cabinet Office minister insisted there is a ‘hard-working ethosin Whitehall, but suggested officials were being let down by union leaders.

    Mr Rees-Mogg has been leading a push to get civil servants back in the office, including making surprise visits and leaving passive-aggressive notes.

    He has voiced ‘suspicionsthat many are choosing to work from home on Mondays and Fridays as they think ‘the working week is shorter than the reality is’.

    The Cabinet minister has also threatened to check attendance rates against Met Office weather reports, hinting some officials were choosing not to come into the office on sunny days.

    Speaking on his latest Moggcast for the ConservativeHome site, Mr Rees-Mogg said: ‘It is easy to parody what I have been saying as criticisms of the civil servants, but many of them work much longer hours than they are contractually obliged to do…

    ‘There’s a hard working ethos in the civil service, unfortunately not represented by their trade union which seems to want them to be in Tuscany to call into work.’

    Jacob Rees-Mogg has slammed civil service unions over home working demands - saying they want staff to be able to dial in from Tuscany

    Jacob Rees-Mogg has slammed civil service unions over home working demandssaying they want staff to be able to dial in from Tuscany

    鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson) (pictured chairing Cabinet today) has warned that people end up obsessively grazing from the fridge while working from home

    鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson) (pictured chairing Cabinet today) has warned that people end up obsessively grazing from the fridge while working from home

    Mr Rees-Mogg pointed to the DVLA, saying problems had been caused during the pandemic because ‘simply the post didn’t get opened’.

    ‘So people who had written in to get their driving licence renewed, didn’t have it attended to because there weren’t people going in to open it,' 他说.

    ‘I accept there will be some roles where it makes remarkably little difference. But I think overall the efficacy of an organisation does need people to be in the office.

    The comments came after the government’s food tsar yesterday backed 鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)‘s warning that people end up obsessively grazing from the fridge while working from home.

    Henry Dimbleby said Britons were likely to load up on snacks ‘unconsciouslyif they were logged on in their kitchens.

    With the end of Covid restrictions across the UK, Mr Johnson has pledged to get workers back behind their desks more regularly.

    In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Johnson even admitted to his own struggles when working from home.

    He described how he founds himself spending ‘an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee’, or ‘hacking off a small piece of cheesefrom the fridge, before ‘forgetting what it was you’re doing’.

    Mr Dimbleby, who founded the Leon chain of restaurants, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that research supported the suggestion.

    ‘I haven’t seen any evidence on it, but it is certainly the case – and there are loads of studies to show this – if food is within arm’s reach one eats it unconsciously,’ 他说.

    ‘The best thing you can do if you are in a meeting with a plate of biscuits is to put it down the other end of the table.

    ‘So if you are sitting in your kitchen working I wouldn’t be surprised, the evidence prior to the pandemic would suggest that you might well unconsciously or while on the phone nip into the fridge and pop in a little slice of cheese without really noticing it.

    然而, Home Office minister Rachel Maclean risked splits yesterday by insisting civil servants were ‘still deliveringwhen working away from the office.

    ‘A lot of them are back at work and we certainly have civil servants in the Home Office – when I go back there today, they will be back at their desks,’ the safeguarding minister told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme.

    ‘I think the economy as a whole has moved to a more hybrid working pattern, I’m quite relaxed about that.

    ‘I think it is for employers to consider how best to achieve their outcomes. It is actually about performance and delivery.

    Asked whether she was ‘at oddswith Mr Rees-Mogg on the issue of working from home, Ms Maclean said: ‘Not at all.

    她补充说: ‘We’ve had a pandemic, things have changed, people work differently.

    ‘If people work from home, it is incumbent on their managers and ministers, such as myself, to make sure they are still delivering. And actually, that’s what we are seeing in the Home Office.

    The PM has revealed plans to cut 91,000 civil servant jobs and use the £3.5billion to help pay for tax cuts to ease the cost of living crisis.

    Home Office minister Rachel Maclean risked splits yesterday by insisting civil servants were 'still delivering' when working away from the office

    Home Office minister Rachel Maclean risked splits yesterday by insisting civil servants were ‘still deliveringwhen working away from the office