Friday, February 24, 2012

United Kingdom: TUC Reports Surge in Unpaid Overtime by Older Workers

An analysis published by the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) finds that the proportion of employees in their late 50s and early 60s working unpaid overtime has increased sharply in the last decade--despite a fall in unpaid hours for the rest of the workforce. Published to coincide with "Work Your Proper Hours Day," the report states that a quarter of a million more workers in their late 50s and early 60s did unpaid overtime in 2011 than in 2001. The TUC attributes some of this to fears about a loss of income after retirement leading more people to work past their traditional retirement age.

While age may be a factor, workers who have been in the same post for at least ten years are twice as likely to work unpaid overtime (25%) as those who have been working for less than a year (12.5%).

Source: Trades Union Congress Media Release (February 24, 2012)

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