How many Brits are working extra hours unpaid?
The average worker spends an extra eight hours and 15 minutes at work each week unpaid. The importance of knowing your rights at work cannot be over-stated. Knowing exactly what is expected of both yourself and your employer while within their employment can often be integral to ensuring you aren’t treated unfairly. However, 65% of UK workers are not part of any trade union, new research from UIA Mutual Insurance suggests.
Tim Roache, General Secretary of GMB Union, says “It’s a scandal that overworked Brits are putting in around eight hours unpaid overtime every week. That adds up to dozens of days a year where people don’t get to see their families, friends and loved ones. It’s no wonder wages in the UK are stagnating when people feel under pressure to put in so much unpaid work. That's why it’s so important to join a trade union for protection. Not only can we make sure you know your rights, but we’ve got your back if your boss tries to pressurise you, or guilt trip you into working hundreds of unpaid hours.”
Jon Craven from UIA Mutual Insurance, who commissioned the research, says “It’s great to see positive awareness of unions and what they can do to be on the side of workers, when it comes to trade unions, there’s still appeal in the idea of mutuality and belonging. It’s about individuals keeping their own power and rights, particularly in the workplace, but in all elements of modern life.”