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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.


Shift work has always been a part of working life, but in recent years there has been more emphasis on its effects on those who work shifts as we are perceived to be moving towards a ‘24-hour society’. Much of the attention has been on the health effects which can...
05 August 2015
A new report published today (Wednesday) by the TUC, A Hard Day’s Night, shows that night working has grown since the recession, and there are now over three million employees who are regular night-workers in the UK. The report highlights the evidence that night working can have a negative impact...
05 August 2015
Commenting on the strike on the London Underground by ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite members starting tomorrow (Wednesday), TUC Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak said: “The tube network is vital to the travelling public and the economy, but London Underground must not ride roughshod over the wellbeing of their employees.
04 August 2015
Responding to reports today (Tuesday) that the government is considering an extension of Sunday opening hours for large retailers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Turning Sunday into another Saturday for major retailers would take precious family time away from shop workers. There is no pressure for this from shoppers...
07 July 2015
The number of people regularly working from home increased by more than 800,000 since 2005, taking the total to 4,218,699. The findings are from TUC analysis published today (Friday) to mark the tenth National Work from Home Day, which is organised by Work Wise UK.
05 June 2015
Responding to the Queen’s Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people will be worried by a Queen’s Speech that declares open season on so many of their rights and protections.
27 May 2015
British people are far more likely to want to remain part of the EU if it leads to better pay and rights at work, according to new polling published by the TUC. The poll of 4,000 UK voters – commissioned from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research by the TUC – shows...
27 May 2015
UK workers gave their bosses nearly £32bn worth of unpaid overtime last year – an average of £6,050 each if these hours had been paid – according to new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC for Work Your Proper Hours Day.
27 February 2015
Ahead of the Modern Slavery Bill which is due to be debated today (Wednesday) in the House of Lords, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This bill is an important piece of legislation in the fight against trafficking and forced labour.
25 February 2015
date: Wednesday 4 February 2015 embargo : 00.01hrs Friday 6 February 2015 Two in five new fathers won’t qualify for shared parental leave, says TUC Two in five (40 per cent) new fathers won’t qualify for new rights to shared parental leave, according to analysis published by the TUC today...
06 February 2015