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The Union wants to be able to better understand the nature and extent of unpaid work, and more importantly, how unpaid work has changed and the impact it has on members over time. That’s why the Union is continuing with our survey we started in 2014.
It is now well established there is a direct link between unpaid work and high workloads. Over the past decade the combination of service growth and staff reductions forced through budget cuts has caused workloads to significantly increase. We know there has been a failure across our workplaces of some managers in dealing with the extra work, and instead try to build an expectation that if you don’t do unpaid work, you’re letting everyone else down – your colleagues, the patients and the management.
It's clear that the expectation is that we should do more and more work in the same amount of time. And in 2019, we know that hundreds of thousands of hours of unpaid time will be worked to cope with unreasonably high workloads.
Based on the results of our last survey, there is growing evidence that health services have a systemic reliance on unpaid work to keep many services afloat.
We want to be able to use our research to continue lobbying and advocating for proper workforce planning that takes into account the ever growing workloads and the increasing demand on health services.
Please take a few minutes to do our survey and help us continue to highlight the issues around unpaid work and its impact.