The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 November 2007

The grim spectre of overtime

Britain's Trade Unions Council is disturbed to find people are working longer hours these days:

More than one in eight people now work more than 48 hours a week, rising to one in six in London, the TUC said.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said the "disturbing" findings suggest there is "undoubted abuse of the law" by some employers.

Mr Barber would undoubtedly be appalled at my schedule, which averages right around 48 hours a week. A chap from Wirral, quoted in the BBC piece, says it's not just a job, it's indenture:

If you are working more than 48 hours in a five day week it means that you have approximately five hours a day awake out of work (not including time to travel to/from work.) That's not work but a form of slavery.

Slaves get weekends off? Cool.

Posted at 10:11 AM to TANSTAAFL