date: 29 January 2013
embargo: For immediate release
If staff who regularly work unpaid overtime did all their extra hours from the start of the year they wouldn't get paid until 1 March 2013. The TUC has named this day Work Your Proper Hours Day to celebrate their hard work.
Now in its ninth year, Work Your Proper Hours Day is a light-hearted campaign that celebrates the unsung - and unrewarded - hours that staff put in to help their employer and boost the UK economy.
On this Friday the TUC will be urging bosses to let their staff take a proper lunch hour and leave work on time, and to lead by example by working their proper hours too.
Last year, the TUC found that employees across the UK worked nearly two billion unpaid hours, worth over £29bn to the economy.
This year Work Your Proper Hours Day will look at whether the amount of unpaid hours worked has risen or fallen in recent years, as well as which jobs and regions of the UK do the most unpaid overtime.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- To find out more about Work Your Proper Hours Day please contact the TUC press office or go to www.workyourproperhoursday.org.uk.
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
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Issued: 29 January, 2013