“Widespread use of remote working can help reduce commuter chaos, rejuvenate our towns and villages, cut climate emissions and reduce the cost of living for workers”, said Aaron Byrne Local Area Representative for Kells.

Byrne told Meath Live,“As businesses across the country call their staff back into workplaces,  this will result in thousands of workers taking to personal and public transport again, including thousands from Meath. This means that the start and the end of thousands of people’s days will involve being stuck in traffic or on overcrowded public transport.

“We know that more investment in transport is needed but this alone won’t solve the underlying causes of this unsustainable commuter flow.

“We also need more investment in the types of local remote  working hubs that we have seen starting up in Meath and elsewhere.

“A right to flexible and remote work is key to ending this commuter chaos once and for all.

“The development over the last two years in both information technology and the increased knowledge of how to use it has been a game changer, enabling many of us to work throughout the pandemic from our homes or local workplace hubs.

“These gains cannot be lost and that is why Labour is demanding the Right to Flexible Work. This would give more workers the power and choice to work from home.

“Among the key gains will be cutting climate emissions, maintaining a better work/life balance, reducing the cost of living, reducing transport congestion and rejuvenating local communities.

“Labour believes what is needed is a ‘workers first’ agenda promoted by government because the gains from a Right to Flexible Work can only be measured on the society wide and global level.

“These are issues that are the concern of government and necessitate legislation that will empower workers and seek to advance the common good.

“These gains far outweigh enterprise level managerial concerns, although Labour does understand that the government must assist enterprises in adjusting to these essential changes to the nature of work.”