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Unpaid overtime record numbers

Working overtime is fine when you get paid for it. But last year a record 5.26 million people worked overtime without taking home extra, according to a new study.

The TUC say that workers are missing out on £5,500 a year by working unpaid overtime –money worth around £29 billion to the UK economy.

One in five employees regularly put in unpaid overtime according to the TUC, with the worst culprits public sector workers.

The TUC has called today, Friday 25th February, Work Your Proper Hours Day, because it’s the day on which workers would start to get paid if they did all their unpaid work at the start of the year.

Brendan Barber, the TUC General Secretary, said: ‘Public sector workers - already experiencing a sharp cut in their earnings as they have their pay frozen and pension contributions raised - will be understandably upset about the amount of extra unpaid work they are expected to do with the threat of redundancy looming over them.

‘Work Your Proper Hours Day is a light-hearted campaign and today is an opportunity for bosses to thank staff for going that extra mile.

’But there is a serious side to excessive overtime, irrespective of whether staff get paid for it. Bosses should always be on the lookout for a damaging long hours culture in their workplace and take steps to protect their workforce.’

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