British workers put in £23 billion a year in unpaid overtime according to the TUC.
The TUC claims that the cost to employers of administering legislation on employee rights is easily outweighed by the amount of unpaid overtime contributed by UK workers.
It argues that on average each worker who puts in overtime should be getting an extra £4,400 a year in their pay packets and that most people see the minimum wage and improved maternity provision as basic human rights.
The figures were revealed as the TUC launched a new poster and advertising campaign which highlights employees’ newly won right to take four weeks’ paid holiday a year.
TUC general secretary John Monks, commented, “Our aim is to put employee rights on the election agenda.
“We want voters to ask hard questions about where the parties stand and particularly question those who dismiss modest improvements in rights at work as red tape.”