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Wales TUC: 'Extra working hours adding up to £735m'

The average employee in Wales works an extra 6.2 hours per week - adding up to an extra £735m-worth of value to the Welsh economy.

"That's a huge amount of hours," said Rhianydd Wiliams from Wales TUC.

"We're asking employers to recognise these extra hours and maybe looking at better ways of managing time within the office so that people feel they can leave on time or have a proper lunch break."

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Analysis: All four Welsh political parties oppose UK regional pay

The declaration by Shadow Finance Minister, Paul Davies AM that Welsh Conservatives want to 'put on record that (they) are against introducing a regional pay system in the United Kingdom' ends a level of uncertainty about the Assembly group's position which had previously been to express 'concerns.'

It means that both Welsh Liberal Democrats and Welsh Conservatives are opposed to a move which their parties in government at Westminster are moving towards. It also means that all four Welsh parties are on record opposing the introduction of regional pay.

Labour AM accuses Plaid Cymru of 'Del Boy' politics over regional pay

Labour AM Mick Antoniw welcomes Plaid's opposition to regional pay but hits out at what he calls its 'bizarre' decision to call for pay and conditions to be devolved. He says that would require large amounts of new funding and compares it to Del Boy promising 'we'll all be millionaires tomorrow.'

Plaid'snew leader, Leanne Wood, has failed to give progressive leadership here. Theyhave put their nationalist and separatist ideology ahead of the interests ofworking people. As a socialist she has fallen at the first hurdle. Her Del-Boypolitics will undermine the trades union campaign against the Tory Government'sattacks on public sector workers

– Mick Antoniw AM

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Welsh Liberal Democrats join regional pay criticism

Ahead of this afternoon's Assembly debate on regional pay, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black has said introducing it would be 'disastrous for Welsh workers and the Welsh economy.' He said,

It is important we do not forget that it was under Labour that regional pay was first introduced in to the courts system. We opposed that move then and we oppose the current suggestion made by Chancellor George Osborne that a similar system could be rolled out across other civil service departments. Like many of our colleagues in Westminster, Welsh Liberal Democrats are fundamentally opposed to regional pay.

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