UK bosses urged to let staff start late on Monday after England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy

BOSSES have been urged to let staff start late on Monday after England’s Euro 2020 final clash with Italy.

Tens of millions of people will tune in to watch the Three Lions in their biggest game for over 50 years on Sunday night – but face a rough morning at work after boozy celebrations.

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The TUC, which represents most trade unions in the UK, has today urged firms to discuss flexible working arrangements with employees – with millions likely to call in sick if England win. 

General secretary Frances O'Grady said: “We all hope the final against Italy is a cause for celebration.

“Bosses should talk to their staff about flexible working arrangements ahead of Monday morning – perhaps allowing them to start later and claim back their time afterwards.

"And bosses should show flexibility too towards the 2.2 million workers who work on a Sunday – many of them key workers.

"Many of them will want to watch the match, and they should be able to, either at work or by finishing early and making up the time."

It comes after Downing Street said employers who are able to should be flexible about allowing staff to go into work late on Monday or take the day off if England triumph in the final. 

The PM’s official spokesman said: “We would want businesses who feel able to consider it if they can, but we recognise it will vary depending on the business and company.”

Meanwhile, a petition calling for a Bank Holiday on Monday if England win has passed 300,000 signatures. 

Lee Jones set up a petition on the Parliament website on Thursday, saying it would be "beneficial and sensible" to give the country the day off.

The petition read: "Sunday 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together for the event – knowing we have an additional day off the next day would significantly help this.

"Furthermore, a historic win should be celebrated. It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a bank holiday would be a perfect time to do this.

"Also, English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues."

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