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Trucker in family time loss.

A DAD has lost a fight to force his employers to let him spend more time with his children.

John Quinn asked his bosses to give him every second Saturday off when new flexible working regulations came in.

In the first case of its kind, he took building materials firm Jewson to an industrial tribunal when they refused.

But yesterday, the Glasgow tribunal ruled the firm had done nothing wrong.

New 'family friendly' laws came in last April. They force companies to consider allowing parents of children under six to work flexible hours.

Mr Quinn, a lorry driver from Paisley, offered to do an extra half-hour every day.

In a letter to the tribunal, he said: 'Quite simply, I would like to spend more time with them.'

Jewson refused, saying it would have cost them extra to employ a casual driver to cover Mr Quinn's shifts and his colleagues were against the plan.

The tribunal concluded that Jewson had 'proceeded in an entirely factual basis' and ruled in their favour.
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