Public sector staff are overstretched and under-appreciated, says UNISON

Commenting on the TUC’s new analysis of unpaid overtime in the UK, released today (Friday) to coincide with the 14th annual Work Your Proper Hours Day. UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Public sector staff regularly work through their breaks and go home late, because they’re dedicated to the patients, students and local people who rely on them.

“But expecting employees to work above and beyond the call of duty, day in day out, is simply not on.

“With staffing shortages and wages failing to rise with the cost of living, morale in our public services is already at rock bottom. Overstretched and under-appreciated staff are at risk of burning out or giving up on a career in the public sector altogether.

“While managers need to ensure that staff work their proper hours, the government needs to give public sector workers the decent pay rise they all deserve.”

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