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More Work, Less Pay?

Published måndag 18 januari 2010 kl 17.05

More and more Swedes are working unpaid overtime, according to new statistics from Statistics Sweden.

On average male office workers in particular are putting in almost 50% more hours at work, without being paid for it, says news agency TT. The agency says the recent recession may lie behind the increase, with workers being forced to do more work to fill in the gaps as colleagues get the sack.

With the new rounds of collective agreement negotiations about to take place between employers and labour unions, this could be one of the hot topics, according to Niklas Hjert, head of negotiations at white collar union Unionen.

More than one in five Unionen members have given up the right to paid overtime, preferring instead to have extra paid holidays instead.

Niklas Hjert tells TT, however, that the extra holidays often aren't in relation to the extra hours worked.

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