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Long hours endangers rail safety warns TSSA

1 March 2013

Over half of all rail staff are working unpaid overtime, the TSSA said today.

Almost two out of of every three staff are working unpaid overtime, 65%, with half, 37%, doing so every week, according to a union survey.

The figures were released on the TUC's Work Your Proper Hours Day which reveals a growing culture of longer hours, shorter breaks and fewer holidays for workers during the worst recession since the 1930s.

As well as unpaid overtime, rail staff are taking fewer lunch breaks-66% say they skip lunch or eat at their desk-and fewer holidays-16% do not not take their full leave allowance.

Manuel Cortes, union general secretary, said:

"These are worrying figures, especially when the McNulty Report wants to close 750 booking offices and axe thousands of jobs to achieve savings of more than £1 billion at Network Rail over the next few years.

"A culture of longer hours and a demoralised and reduced staff will have long term implications for the safety of our railways.

"A properly staffed railway will be a much safer railway. We are top of the TUC league when it comes to unpaid overtime and that has got to stop"

The survey covered 1290 work based rail staff across the country.

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