Up to £ 1bn lost by Scottish workers working unpaid overtime


The party is calling on the Scottish government to act to ease the economy’s dependence on this unpaid work.

The advocacy came after its analysis of the 2020 Annual Population Survey suggested that on average Scottish workers work 7.7 unpaid overtime hours per week.

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Over the course of a year, that’s 100 million unpaid overtime, the Labor Party suggested, adding that if people were paid the average hourly wage of £ 14.07, they would collectively be entitled to 1.4 billion. more pounds in wages.

Call for fair compensation: Daniel Johnson MSP

Scottish Labor Finance spokesperson Daniel Johnson said: ‘A fair day’s pay for a fair working day should be at the heart of our economy, but these statistics clearly show that many Scottish workers are losing out .

“We cannot have our economy so dependent on unpaid overtime.

“The people of Scotland should receive all the fruits of their labor without losing millions of pounds.

“Today Scottish Labor is calling for fairness to be put at the heart of our economy and for business, unions and government to work together to deliver a fair day’s pay to Scots.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: ‘Although labor law is reserved, we are clear that all employees should be paid fairly for the work they do.

“This is why the Scottish Government continues to support the payment of at least the real living wage to build a more resilient economy, a more equal labor market and foster inclusive growth.

“Scotland has the highest proportion of UK jobs paying at least the living wage or higher, and proportionately there are five times more employers paid the living wage in Scotland than in the rest. from the United Kingdom.

“Through our Fair Work First policy, the Scottish Government has consistently called on employers across all sectors to provide workers with fair and equitable pay for the work they do, as well as safe and secure working environments.

“We also call on employers to promote diverse and inclusive work cultures where staff are engaged and make their voices heard.”

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