Workers Reminded To Take Their Annual Leave
At a time where staff members are trying to do everything they can to impress their bosses, it is not surprising to hear that many employees are not taking their full quota of annual leave.
Indeed, the workplace has become so competitive that it is not unrealistic to expect to spend evenings working overtime without extra pay, embarking on additional business training courses, or finishing off emails and tasks on your laptop at home.
However, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has stated that bosses are taking advantage of their employees after analysis showed one in 12 workers in Britain are not getting their legal holiday entitlement.
Even those who want to take all their annual leave days – which they have a legal right to do – are being stopped because 2.2 million members of staff are not being given their minimum paid leave.
Most shockingly, the report found 1.2 million people are not getting any paid leave at all, which means workers are losing out on almost £3 billion worth in paid holiday every year.
Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, said: “Employers have no excuse for robbing staff of their well-earned leave. UK workers put in billions of hours of unpaid overtime as it is.”
Legally, employees are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid leave pro rata, including bank holidays. However, 9.2 per cent of female workers and 7.2 per cent of male staff are missing out on this.
According to the TUC, the most common reasons for not having annual leave is down to employers not keeping up to date with the legislation or purposefully denying holiday requests. Workers themselves might also be to blame, as they tend to set themselves ambitious goals that do not allow time for leave.
Taking holiday is essential to the health and wellbeing of workers, as putting in too many hours at work can lead to strokes, diabetes, mental illnesses, heart diseases, and stress. It is also likely to have a negative effect on staff’s relationships with relatives, friends and colleagues.
Ms O’Grady stated: “While many workers are away enjoying time off with friends and family, millions are missing out. And that puts them at risk of burnout.”
The sector with the worst record for not letting staff take their legal entitlement of annual leave is agriculture, with 14.9 per cent of employees in this industry not being given their full annual leave. This is followed by mining/quarry at 14.7 per cent and accommodation/food at 13.9 per cent.
It is not just limiting annual leave that bosses are guilty of, as a report released by the Home Affairs Committee recently showed some employers continue to undercut on pay and conditions for immigrants.
It called for reforms to be made to the labour market to prevent bad bosses from treating migrant workers poorly, failing to give them good wages and job security.
A spokesperson for the TUC stated: “Stronger workers’ rights, more collective bargaining and tougher fines for employers who break the law could all make a big difference.”