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Working for Nothing

A report out today by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) shows that more and more employees are working more and more hours for nothing. Some workers are giving over £5000 a year in lost overtime payments to their employers.

It is understandable that during the current financial crisis some may wish to do a little extra to perhaps help keep their company going and so secure their jobs but working long hours be it paid or unpaid is not good for health in the long run. In addition long hours inevitably reduces the productivity capability and so is counter productive.

Union members fought for over a hundred years to achieve employment rights and better conditions so it is sad to see so many employees throwing away these hard won benefits. Many workers of course don’t even join a Union having swallowed the ‘Thatcher’ line of divide and rule, got a mortgage around their necks and too scared to protest as they work longer hours for less remuneration.

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