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Employees "work too hard"

UK employees believe they are working too hard, despite having one of the lowest productivity rates in western Europe.

According to a new TUC report - based on a YouGov poll of more than 2,500 workers - nearly half (46%) complained they had a heavier workload than before, 42% said their pay has not kept pace with the cost of living and over a third of workers (39%) are facing increased levels of stress

Other key complaints include not getting the same pay as people doing similar jobs in other organisations (31%), poor promotion prospects (30%), lack of training (27%), unfair pay structures (26%), boring or repetitive work (24%) and longer hours. (23%).

A significant number of those interviewed for the report complained of serious problems at work. People reported concerns about bullying (14%), cuts in pension provision or inadequate pensions (10%), and an unsafe working environment (10%).

The big issues workers want their unions to raise with employers are pay (86%), pensions (80%), and safety (77%), followed by excessive workload (72%), stress (69%) and training (69%).

The survey was published ahead of the TUC annual congress which opens in Brighton next week.


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