A TUC investigation has found that the number of workers working unpaid overtime increased by over 100,000 in 2007, with the total topping the five million mark.
On average each of these workers loses a staggering £5,000 a year, which means that a total of £25 billion worth of overtime work goes unpaid. To put it another way, five million workers are putting in an average of over seven unpaid hours each week
The TUC has calculated that if all this overtime came at the start of the year, the first day workers would get paid would be Friday 22 February. It has declared this date ‘work your proper hours day’, calling on workers to have a proper lunch break and go home on time.
• For more details see www.workyourproperhoursday.com