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The UK tops the European long hours league. And is the only country that allows staff to opt out of the 48-hour working week ceiling introduced across the European Union as a health and safety measure.
Those overworked are more stressed and less productive, liable to depression, strains and sprains and more exposed to the hazards of work. Working long hours makes for a work life imbalance that can wreck home life and personal relations.
Working when tired can be dangerous and possibly fatal - studies have found driving tired can be as dangerous as driving drunk.
Trade union initiatives aim to tackle the problem of long hours and redress the worklife imbalance. The TUC's It's about time campaign aims to put long hours and worklife balance at the top of the workplace agenda.
In 2004 TUC launched Work your proper hours day where workers were encouraged to take the lunch breaks they usually work through and leave for home at their contracted time. It still runs every year. www.worksmart.org.uk/workyourproperhoursday
The most recent documents available on this subject are:Shopworkers seek assurances on Sunday working
The shopworkers' Union Usdaw has written to business secretary Vince Cable to seek an urgent assurance that the government has no plans to permanently deregulate Sunday trading hours in England and Wales.PDF version available for download
The government's use of emergency legislation to force through a suspension of Sunday trading rules during the Olympics has left shopworkers 'bitterly disappointed', their union has said.PDF version available for download
Shopworkers shouldn't lose their Sundays at this summer's Olympics.PDF version available for download
Health and Safety newsletter 14 April 2012PDF version available for download
The proportion of employees in their late 50s and early 60s working unpaid overtime has increased sharply in the last decade - despite a fall in unpaid hours for the rest of the workforce - according to a new TUC analysis published today (Friday) to ...
A new study has concluded that working long hours - regardless of job stress or satisfaction - increases the risk of depression.PDF version available for download
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