Sunday, January 3, 1999 Published at 08:27 GMT
Family life 'under threat'
Hume: City traders should have refused to work over festive period
Two leading churchmen say family life is being ruined by "capitalist" companies who make employees work unsociable hours.
"Flexible hours are often, as I understand it, to suit the firm or the industry ... but not actually suiting what is important or possible for the family."
The bishop said society and the government should do all it could for the good of the family.
In an outspoken attack on modern employment practice Cardinal Hume says city traders should have refused to work over Christmas to prepare for the introduction of the euro.
Discrimination against the family
On the same programme, Bishop Jones, who was Tony Blair's personal choice to succeed David Sheppard, calls for an overhaul of the tax and benefits system to support the family.
He says: "The tax system is not neutral as far as the family is concerned, it is discriminating against the family. And we all know that when you have children, that's one of the most expensive times of your life.
"A salary which feeds one or two people ought to be taxed very differently from a salary that feeds four or five people," he said.
Urging employers to take more account of the family, Bishop Jones says: "I think the way some people are made to work is very destructive of family life and people who lead companies ought to be more responsible."