The TUC has called for better pay and conditions for night workers, including 1.8 million key workers, after it was revealed that one in three of those who regularly work overnight shifts earn less than £10 an hour.
The new analysis released by the trade union federation today shows that 1.2 million of the UK’s 3.4 million night workers earn less than £10 an hour and the TUC has warned that many are increasingly on insecure zero-hour contracts.
The data also indicates that 1.8 million members of that night-time workforce are key workers, which means that key workers are over twice as likely to be on low-paid overnight shifts than the rest of the workforce.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working through the night is tough – especially in the middle of a global pandemic. We all owe Britain’s night workers a huge debt for keeping the country running while we are asleep.
“It is not right that so many of those who work overnight – especially in key sectors like care – are on low pay and insecure contracts. The government must ensure that all night workers are treated with dignity at work.