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Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng clashes with civil service bosses

Added 01-21-22 12:36:03pm EST - “The war over WFH turned sour today after Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng ordered civil servants who are avoiding their offices in Whitehall in central London to 'get back to work'.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng clashes with civil service bosses”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The war over WFH turned sour today after Cabinet minister Kwasi Kwarteng ordered civil servants who are avoiding their offices in Whitehall to ‘get back to work’.

In a round of interviews this morning, the Business Secretary took aim at trenchant union bosses who are insisting that remote working is saving British taxpayers ‘millions’ as they wage an all-out rebellion against Boris Johnson’s scrapping of Covid curbs.

Around 740,000 commuters packed onto Tube trains and buses in London during today’s rush hour – an increase of 5 per cent from last Friday – after big banks and city firms told staff to come back to the office.

TfL figures indicate that the number of workers travelling to offices has increased since the Prime Minister axed Omicron restrictions this week. Yesterday, the number of Tube journeys increased by 10 per cent on last Thursday to 2.1million, while the number of bus journeys rose by 4 per cent in the past seven days to 4.4million, according to TfL data.  

Yesterday Mr Johnson ordered his Cabinet ministers to ensure their Whitehall staff resumed ‘normal working patterns’ as soon as possible. 

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