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January 22, 2009

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Don’t disregard excessive working hours, warns TUC

The TUC believes the recession is not the time for its usual light-hearted promotion of ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’, which falls on 27 February, but does not want employers to ignore the issue.

General secretary Brendan Barber said: “Inevitably, people will be putting in extra hours if they think it can help protect against redundancy, or keep their employer in business. . . But this does not mean people should ignore excessive working.” He said the recession should act as a spur to make workplaces more productive, and not to compete for who can stay the latest.

Meanwhile, the Samaritans is launching its third annual Stress-down Day on 6 February to boost awareness of work-related stress. The charity wants employers to let their staff take time out from their daily work and enjoy a stress-free activity, as well as donate £2 to help it continue its 24-hour emotional-support service.

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