Unions NSW and its affiliates are throwing their weight behind National Go Home on Time Day, calling on working people across the State to ensure they finish their working day on the dot.

According to research by the Australia Institute, unpaid overtime equates to $109.6 billion or 7.4 per cent of GDP annually

Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon, said unpaid overtime was often a symptom of an unhealthy workplace.

“Workplaces that rely on unpaid overtime tend to have higher rates of bullying and absenteeism. They’re often unhappy workplaces,” Mr Lennon said.

“We know that in many cases the overtime in question is all about appearances and rarely about doing anything productive.

“Any employer who relies on unpaid overtime is ultimately relying on their workforce to ‘donate’ their labour. That’s unfair and unsustainable.

“There is a clear link between long hours of work and workplace injury or depression and anxiety.

“All employees ought to take a stand and stick up for their physical and mental wellbeing by going home on time today.”

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