Employees worked £23bn unpaid overtime in 2004

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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) claimed today that UK employers did "unpaid overtime worth 23 billion in 2004" according to its analysis of National Office of Statistics employment figures.

The TUC said that "on average each employee who did unpaid overtime would have earned 4,650 for their unpaid hours if paid at their normal hourly rate. If they had done all their unpaid overtime at the beginning of the year, they would have worked for free until Friday 25 February."

Risking the charge of encouraging clockwatching, the TUC has called 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' in 2005 for Friday 25 February.

This, it says, "is the day once a year that the TUC urges employees to only work their contracted hours to remind their bosses how much they depend on the unpaid extra work and loyalty of their staff....

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