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Ahead of tonight’s (Tuesday) World Cup semi-final where England will take on the USA, TUC General Secretary, Arsenal and England supporter Frances O’Grady said:

“Working people put in billions of pounds worth of unpaid overtime every year. They should be given a day off if England win the World Cup.

“Let’s not forget that we have fewer bank holidays than most of Europe.

“Come on you lionesses!”

Editors note

- The TUC is running a petition calling for the government to give another bank holiday in the event that England wins the World Cup: https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/bank-holiday-if-england-wins-the-world-cup?source=tucsite 

- The TUC campaigns for more bank holidays, as Britain has the least in Europe except for Romania.

- UK workers are putting in the longest hours in the EU, recent TUC analysis found: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/british-workers-putting-longest-hours-eu-tuc-analysis-finds  

- Recent TUC analysis found that workers in the UK put in more than £32 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/workers-uk-put-more-%C2%A332-billion-worth-unpaid-overtime-last-year-tuc-analysis

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