WORKERS in the South East gave their employers £5.3 billion of free labour in unpaid overtime during 2017, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Last Friday was the TUC’s 14th annual Work Your Proper Hours Day. Prior to this day, the average person doing unpaid overtime had effectively worked the year so far for free.
The TUC came to this conclusion by analysing recently released official statistics. It found that 835,359 people in the South East put in an average of 7.3 hours a week in unpaid overtime during 2017. This averages £6,368 a year that each of those workers is losing out in pay.
The TUC asked all workers to take a proper lunch break and leave work on time. It requested managers to consider how to move away from over-reliance on unpaid overtime.
Workers can check how much more they would get each year if their overtime was paid at their usual rate at http://act.goingtowork.org.uk.