half of British workers take less than 30 minutes break for lunch, with one in
five taking no time at all.
A study of
560 workers undertaken on behalf of the Public and Commercial Services Union
(PCS) found that most of those surveyed said they missed lunch or ate food at
their desk at least once a week, with 20 per cent doing this every day.
Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said working long hours was reachiong epidemic
proportions in the UK.
workers take shorter lunch breaks, fewer holidays and and work far longer hours
than our European counterparts," he said. "A half-an-hour lunch break
is the legal minimum for an average working day, but shockingly over half the
UK workforce take less than this."