Civil servants are returning to their offices with caution.
BORIS Johnson wants public officials to return to their Whitehall desks “gradually and cautiously.” After months of working from home due to the pandemic, the Prime Minister is encouraging government employees to return to their offices “in a safe way.”
His spokeswoman, however, refuted allegations that ministers are planning a “major effort” to get officials to go to their offices.
He also stated that the government has no intentions to reduce wages for anyone who refuse to work from home.
After union leaders expressed outrage at suggestions that staff could be pressured to return to offices, No10 officials downplayed hopes of a mass return to Whitehall yesterday.
“As with other employers, the Civil Service is continuing to follow the current Government instructions, which involves gradually and cautiously increasing the number of personnel working in the office,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister said.
“It’s not suggested that we go any farther.
Staff are cautiously returning to the office now that the guidance is in place.”
When asked about the percentage of civil servants who have returned to work, the official stated, “Numbers are continuously increasing.” We are not aiming for any specific goals.”
“It’s important to note that different departments are separate employers,” he continued.
They’ll have their own set of needs.
“A handful of federal servants have been working in the office whenever necessary to support the response throughout the pandemic.
“The Prime Minister has been very explicit about the advantages of working in an office. People should be encouraged to work in a safe manner. Working in a flexible manner is unquestionably here to stay.”
According to a story published yesterday, an unnamed minister has urged for civil officials who insist on working from home to be paid less.
According to reports, the minister stated it was unfair for individuals who avoided commuting to earn the same as those who commuted.
The minister was quoted as saying, “If individuals aren’t going to work, they don’t deserve the terms and circumstances that those who are going to work get.”
The Prime Minister responded to the report by saying, “We have no plans for that strategy.” The civil service, like many other employers, uses flexible working arrangements.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said yesterday that he wants his department’s officials to come to work two or three days a week. He also vehemently opposed any suggestions for worker wage reduction. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”