More women working unpaid overtime, TUC says

An increase in the number of workers doing unpaid overtime in the public sector has almost entirely been driven by 250,000 more women working extra hours for free, according to a study by the TUC.

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'Bullying and pressure' behind some unpaid overtime

A TUC report into an increase in the number of public sector staff doing overtime for free says that will some staff put in extra hours because of commitment to their job, there is also evidence of "bullying and excessive management pressure."

Times are tough for public sector workers. As the cuts bite and fewer staff find themselves having to take on more work, unpaid overtime inevitably grows.

Some of the increase will be down to the professionalism and commitment of staff who want to provide decent services.

But there is also evidence of bullying and excessive management pressure in some workplaces.

It is not surprising that morale is so low across the public sector. Hours are up, workload has increased, pay has been frozen, pensions cut and jobs insecure as public sector staff know that 60% of the cuts are still to come.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

250,000 more women doing unpaid overtime

An increase in the number of workers doing unpaid overtime in the public sector has almost entirely been driven by 250,000 more women working extra hours for free, according to a study by the TUC.

250,000 more women are working extra hours for free, the TUVC said Credit: PA

In 2003, more men than women did unpaid overtime in the public sector, but the position has been reversed, the research found.

One in four public sector workers puts in at least an extra hour a week, the TUC said.

Around one in six staff in private firms worked extra hours for no pay, a figure which has largely remained unchanged over the past decade, although the amount of unpaid overtime has increased.

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