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- Call for reaction against unpaid overtime
LONDONERS work the longest hours in Europe, according to a study by work-time experts Croner and official figures sorted through by the Trade Union Council and produced in time for the Work Your Proper Hours Day tomorrow.
On average, the TUC found, Londoners work eight hours, 12 minutes a week over and above their contracted hours, more than any other area of the UK. Meanwhile, Croner discovered that Britain as a whole has the longest working hours in Europe, at an average of 42.5 hours week. That compares to the Dutch, who spend the least time at work, averaging just under 39 hours a week.
“Most people don't mind putting in extra effort when there’s a rush or an emergency,” said TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, “but that easily turns into the long-hours culture.”
As part of Work Your Proper Hours Day, the TUC is encouraging overworked employees to report their bosses to its website, from where an anonymous message - a bossagram - will be sent to employers, asking them to respect working hours.
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