Plymouth people told to "Work Your Proper Hours" on March 1
WORKERS in the South West are being urged to stick to their "proper hours" for one day this year.
The 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' on March 1 aims to encourage all those employees who work unpaid overtime to stick to their contracted hours.
The day, organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for the ninth year, comes as reports suggest that more than 5million people in the UK regularly do unpaid overtime. Estimates suggest staff gave the country's employers £28.2billion of free work in 2011.
Health experts suggest that working consistently long hours is likely to damage your health, your family relationships and ultimately your work performance.
Nigel Costley, regional secretary for South West TUC said 21.4 per cent of people in the country worked around 6.5 hours unpaid per week. He said this meant that staff offered around £4,500 extra unpaid work to their bosses each year.
Mr Costley said: "There are sectors where people are expected to work more, or are so short staffed they have to work more hours unpaid.
"Teachers are particularly prone to this, working an average of 11 hours a week unpaid.
"Media professionals are also regulars who work 7.1 hours unpaid a week while those in the social and health services work around 7.9 hours a week unpaid."