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TUC: Unpaid overtime figures 'disappointing'

08/01/2009

TUC: Unpaid overtime figures 'disappointing'

The Trades Union Council (TUC) has described the latest unpaid overtime data as "disappointing".

Its analysis of official statistics revealed 5.24 million employees worked unpaid overtime last year, the largest number since 1992 when records began.

Brendan Barber, general secretary acknowledged the recession had played a part in the increase. "Inevitably people will be putting in extra hours if they think it can help protect against redundancy or keep their employer in business," he said.

However, he noted recession should bring workers and bosses together in a search for greater productivity, not leave workers stuck at their desks.

"After years of progress, the numbers doing unpaid overtime has increased for the second year in a row. This is disappointing," he commented.

The total value of unpaid work reached a record £26.9 billion and the greatest increase in unpaid work was by workers in London, the figures showed.

European politicians have recently voted against the UK's wish to allow its workers to opt to work more than 48 hours per week.

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