Workers concerned about the possibility of redundancy are putting in record amounts of unpaid overtime, according to the TUC.
According to the figures released today, the average worker is putting in seven hours per week of unpaid overtime, equating to an average of £5,000 in missed wages over the course of a year. The TUC estimates suggest that £26.9 billion worth of unpaid work was done during 2008, by 5.24 million employees.
The TUC has lobbied hard for an end to unpaid overtime, and particularly for an end to pressure on employees to perform it. It points out that hours put in over and above a "sensible working week" make employees exponentially less productive.