As companies around the country call their employees back to workplaces this month – some for the first time since March 2020 – family charities warn that increasing numbers, especially mothers and pregnant women, are being made to do so against their will.
Jane van Zyl, chief executive of the charity Working Families, reports growing numbers of calls to its advice line, mostly from women “who don’t want or aren’t able to return to the office as much as their employer is demanding”.
This is rather the point about work. It’s shitty, we don’t want to do it. Which is why they have to pay us in order to get us to do it.
The idea that work might contain bits we don’t want to do is the very reason for that pay existing.