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Workers in the UK currently work the longest hours in Europe, take the shortest lunch breaks and enjoy the fewest public holidays. Childcare is expensive and difficult to find, care for older people is of inconsistent quality and financial support during family-related leave is lower than in some other parts of Europe. The quest for higher productivity and the long hours' culture limit the effects of improved rights and can undermine equal opportunities policies.

The TUC estimates that if all the unpaid overtime worked by the average employee were put together at the start of the year, it would be until mid-February before they started to be paid. This is marked by Work Your Proper Hours Day which takes place on that date around mid-February.


We all like to make the most of summer – even if the British weather doesn’t always help! One of summer’s great pleasures is sporting events. Last year it was the Olympics, and next year the football World Cup. But right now, it’s the World Athletic Championships in London. Although...
07 August 2017
With the World Athletic Championships starting in London today (Friday), the TUC is calling on bosses to be sympathetic to staff wanting to watch Team GB in action.
04 August 2017
UK workers gave their employers £33.6 billion of free labour last year by doing unpaid overtime, according to new analysis of official statistics published today (Friday) by the TUC.
24 February 2017
Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony tonight, the TUC is today (Friday) publishing guidance for bosses whose staff want to watch events during their normal working hours.
05 August 2016
New analysis published by the TUC today (Saturday) ahead of Fathers’ Day tomorrow (Sunday) reveals that one in five new fathers didn’t qualify for paternity pay. There are nearly 600,000 working dads around the UK who have had a child in the past 12 months. However, around a fifth (22%)...
18 June 2016
The South West TUC is calling on employers to allow staff to watch tomorrow’s big Euro 2016 clash between England and Wales. With kick off at 2pm, the South West TUC is urging managers either to let people watch the game on work premises or allow them to work flexibly...
15 June 2016
New analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC shows that a million more employees are at high risk of being forced to work excessive hours if the UK votes to leave the EU. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people’s rights are on the line in this referendum –...
10 May 2016
Workers in the North West did more than £2.7bn worth of unpaid overtime last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday) to mark its annual Work Your Proper Hours Day . The TUC’s analysis of official figures shows that more than 470,000 workers in the region...
26 February 2016
UK workers gave their bosses an astonishing £31.5 billion of unpaid overtime last year. To break that down, more than five million people put in an average of 7.7 hours extra work a week in unpaid overtime in 2015. This would add up to £6,114 a year each if they...
25 February 2016
Public sector workers sleep deprived says new study by Leeds University.......
02 February 2016