From the TUC

Everybody’s happy nowadays – not!

06 Jan 2012, by in Working Life

On a lighter note, a study of working practices in offices commissioned by the Mars company is reported in the Daily Mail.

The tone of the piece is that we are all working longer but that we are reasonably happy about it. However, reading between the lines there is a more interesting story here – “the average worker …. is made to feel angry by bosses once a day.” – sounds like there is still a strong need for trade unions here!

On the continued rise of unpaid overtime holding back job creation, it’s worth noting that the service sector has both the highest incidence of unpaid overtime and the highest rate of profit (15.9% according to the Jan 2012 ONS figures). In addition, balance sheets show that large companies are sitting on piles of cash while directors fret about the economy.

If some of these companies got off of the fence and started hiring then we could make progress towards a better work-life balance.

3 million UK employees currently work more than 48 hours per week and the LFS shows that 80% of them want to cut their working time. Inhuman working hours damage family life and squeeze out participation in volunteering and civil society. We simply can-not build a 21st century country with 19th century working practices!

2 Responses to Everybody’s happy nowadays – not!

  1. Robert
    Jan 6th 2012, 11:00 pm

    Some how I cannot see to many workers in Tesco Asda or Morrisons rushing out to join a Union because of between the lines stories at Mars.

    I joined a Union in 1966 still in it now, but if I had my time over again, nope i would not have bothered.

  2. Paul Sellers

    Paul Sellers
    Jan 9th 2012, 9:36 am

    Tescos employs over 300,000 staff in the UK – they are heavily unionised. Unionisation membership is growing steadily in Asda and Morrisons.

    It is no accident that the most heavily unionised chain has the best terms and conditions.