09 January 2009
'Many workers putting in unpaid overtime'
A significant number of workers in the UK are not being sufficiently remunerated for extra hours they put in at the office.
This is according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), research conducted by which found that over five million people worked unpaid overtime in 2008.
The organisation states that this is the highest number since records began in 1992.
It is suggested that the area in which the biggest increases in unpaid overtime have taken place were London and the East Midlands.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Long hours are bad for people's health and employers should never forget that each extra hour worked makes people less productive once they are over a sensible working week."
Meanwhile, Citizens Advice recently advised workers to be aware of their legal rights concerning redundancies, with chief executive of the organisation David Harker suggesting that such knowledge is "imperative" in the current economic climate.