Commenting on figures published by the TUC to mark Work Your Proper Hours Day, which show that teachers work the most unpaid overtime of any sector, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:
“The news that teachers do the most unpaid overtime of any sector and have the highest proportion of its workforce undertaking regular unpaid overtime comes as no surprise to the NASUWT.
“The findings show that the often cited claim of teachers ‘clocking off’ at 3.30pm has always been a myth.
“The TUC’s findings confirm the evidence on the excessive workloads and working hours of teachers that the NASUWT has repeatedly presented to the Coalition Government, an issue they have failed to take seriously.
“These figures show that teachers are being scandalously exploited and their lives blighted by excessive workload, leaving them exhausted and stressed.
“Urgent action needs to be taken to end this unacceptable situation which is contributing to the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.”
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