Bosses have been told to allow their employees to stop work early tomorrow to encourage England to play in the European Championship game against Germany.
Last week’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic ensured the Three Lions finished Group D as winners.
England will now take on Germany at 5 pm on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.
TUC recommends that managers talk to their employees before the big game and let them see what’s happening at corporate headquarters.
The union organization said workers who work from home should finish earlier to watch the game, while others should be allowed to start earlier or finish later.
TUC said flexible working has benefits for companies and their employees, adding that the increase in remote working since the pandemic means many workers will be working from home.
The TUC said more than one in five British workers work in the evenings and weekends, and many also want to watch a game like England vs Germany on Tuesday.
General Secretary Francis O’Grady – a fan of England and Arsenal – said: “Millions of workers across the UK would like to cheer on their national teams at Euro 2020, especially after the tournament was postponed last year.
“Bosses should talk to their employees and try to keep people who want to watch the game at work or at home and then reclaim their time later.
“Whether at major sporting events like Euro 2020, going to a doctor’s appointment or picking up kids from school, having more flexibility in the way you do things makes you happy. It reduces absenteeism and increases productivity.”
It comes as English fans brace themselves for an additional 17,000 tickets as the Germans were forced to keep Wembley away on Tuesday.
This would mean that almost all of the 45,000 reduced Covid capacity would please Gareth Southgate’s side.
Quarantine rules in the UK meant that Germans would have to isolate for five days before games so they could not travel.
Around 5,000 DFB tickets will be sold via UEFA.com to UK residents over the next 48 hours.
Over 11,000 are already on display there and sold out within minutes.
Starting today, the FA England will also sell 1,000 additional tickets to Supporters Travel Club members.
Tickets for the game cost between £43 and £159.
England will tour Rome for the quarter-finals if they pass in the last 16.
Then both the semi-finals and the final will be played at Wembley when England get there.