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marymary100 - 3-10-2017 at 17:32

I got a new job recently and now manage more people than I used to including "assistants". These assistants are paid - about a third of a teacher's salary - for less than 28 hours a week. I have been astounded to find out that some have been expected by their managers to work a 6 and a half hour day some days without a single break.

Honest to goodness. "We're on a trip, so it's fun!" Well actually not that much fun if you can't even get the privacy to go to the toilet or eat a snack unobserved by the pupils. I'm annoyed that those that earn 3 times as much have had so little thought for the people who work alongside them.

John_Little - 3-10-2017 at 19:07

If your day is over 6 hours you must have a break at some point. It doesn't have to be an hour but it has to be meaningful.

But I'm with you on the "little thought" thing.

A worker is entitled to an uninterrupted break of 20 minutes when daily working time is more than six hours. It should be a break in working time and should not be taken either at the start, or at the end, of a working day.

LSemmens - 4-10-2017 at 03:17

Time was when the unions were able to do something about it. These days?

John_Little - 4-10-2017 at 07:24

So true. The problem is young people aren't joining unions or, indeed, have any sense of working collectively. Mind you, Jeremy seems to be changing things a bit.

Katzy - 4-10-2017 at 12:01

Oddly, the Working Time Directive also states that...

"In some circumstances a worker may be required to work during a rest period and may have to take rest later, this is known as compensatory rest. Compensatory rest is normally the same length of time as the break or part of the break that a worker has missed."

Oddly, some of the rules with regard to hours worked, breaks and the like are more flexible in industries where you'd imagine safety made them a greater necessity, such as train driving (Which is regarded as "safety-critical" work, peculiarly). There, you can be forced to work for fourteen consecutive days, do SEVENTY hour weeks, and fourteen hour shifts.

Yes, drivers have been known to fall asleep, whilst driving.

The Tories, after Brexit, want to make those limits even more flexible.

Profit over everything.