LETTER OF THE DAY - Flexitime may harm family life
THE EDITOR, Sir: The National Association for the Family (NAF), while supporting any development that will provide increased employment for our citizenry, and improve national productivity, strongly cautions against the application of a flexitime workweek policy without priority consideration given to the protection of family life in general, and parenting in particular.
In this regard, the association urges legislators and employers to consider the fact that educational institutions continue to be operational primarily during weekdays, making weekends prime time for parent-child interaction. Workplace policies must, therefore, reflect the need to minimise the requirement for young parents, especially, including young fathers, to be engaged on weekends on an ongoing basis.
The NAF is issuing this call in the context of established research-based evidence indicating that dysfunctional families are major contributors to social, public health, and economic challenges being faced by our nation.
The call for a family-sensitive application of the flexitime workweek policy is also being made in the context of Article 16.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:
"The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State".
MICHAEL COOMBS (Dr)
Founder and Chair
National Association for the Family