At last! Work Your Proper Hours Day

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unpaid overtimeDo you feel you're always going the extra mile at work without receiving any real reward, or even recognition?

To acknowledge the huge amount of unpaid overtime workers across the country put in each year, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has decided to launch Work Your Proper Hours Day 2012.

The day will be held on 24 February and will give employees the chance to highlight all the additional hours of work they undertake without receiving any extra pay.

The scheme follows research from the TUC which shows that almost two billion hours in unpaid overtime was provided to firms by UK workers in 2011.

This additional work contributed around £29.2 billion to the wider economy, it said.

And it seems 24 February is a symbolic date, as the union group indicated that it marks the point at which people would first get paid if they regularly undertook unpaid overtime and worked all their hours from the beginning of 2012.

Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, stated: "The heroic amount of extra unpaid hours put in by millions of workers make a vital - but often unsung - contribution to the UK economy."

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