26 December 2018

Workers in Scotland do almost £1.9 billion worth of unpaid overtime each year, new analysis from Labour suggests.

Analysis of the 2017 Annual Population Survey by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) estimates that, on average, Scots do 7.7 hours of unpaid overtime per week, working out to a total of 115 million hours of unpaid overtime per year.

If each hour was paid at the average hourly pay of £16.60, workers in Scotland would have made an additional £1.9billion in wages.

Labour said the figures revealed structural problems in the economy that effectively cut the wages of working class people in Scotland, and says it is vital the Working Time Directive is not only protected post-Brexit but strengthened by ending the opt out.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“Workers across Scotland are doing millions of hours each year for free, and missing out on hundreds of pounds of wages as a result.

“We desperately need to rebalance our economy so that it works for the people, rather than just people working for the economy. Scotland needs a Labour government that will introduce a real living wage and strengthen workers’ rights.

“Working class people should not be forced to do hours of unpaid overtime while the incomes of the richest soar. That is not an economy working for the many, it is one rewarding a privileged few.”


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