Work Life Balance

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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.

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02 February 2016
As many workplaces prepare to shut down for the Christmas break, the TUC is today urging everyone to spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands who will be working this Christmas Day.
22 December 2015
The number of commuters spending more than two hours travelling to and from work has increased by 72% over the past 10 years, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published today (Monday). The figures – published to mark the start of Commute Smart Week organised by Work Wise...
09 November 2015
The number of people working excessive hours in the North East has risen by 10 per cent since 2010, according to a new TUC analysis published last week. The number of employees working more than 48 hours per week in the North East has now reached 112,000 – up by...
14 September 2015
The TUC has welcomed a ruling today (Thursday) by the European Court of Justice on working time and a worker’s travel between their home and a customer of their employer. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Many bosses are already fair-minded about travel time for journeys to customers. But this...
10 September 2015
The number of people working excessive hours in the North West has risen by 17 per cent since 2010, according to a new TUC analysis published today (Wednesday). The number of employees working more than 48 hours per week in the North West has now reached 326,000 – up by...
09 September 2015
The number of people working excessive hours has risen by 15 per cent since 2010, according to a new TUC analysis published today (Wednesday). The number of employees working more than 48 hours per week has now reached 3,417,000 – up by 453,000 since 2010 – following more than a decade of decline in long hours working.
09 September 2015
Around 400,000 working mothers have children starting primary school across England and Wales this September, which poses new challenges for their work-life balance. The TUC is calling on employers to be supportive of working parents (both mums and dads) and allow them to work flexibly to help manage their childcare...
01 September 2015
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

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