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A new study has revealed that Scottish workers across the UK have the longest working day and that on average, Scottish workers work eight weeks extra per year with no extra payment.

The survey found that on average, Scottish workers work for more than 30 minutes more than the national average per day with two-thirds of those working in Scotland stating that they put in more effort and time than expected or is required. Applying the figures throughout the year, Scottish workers effectively work for eight weeks more per year than other UK workers.

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Critics have hit back at Dundee Council claiming that the cuts suggested by the organisation will affect lowest paid staff and vulnerable staff such as women on maternity leave.

The council wants to transform the way it pays staff in an attempt to make savings after the organisation was told it had to save £23 million from its budget. Some trade unions such as the GMB have condemned the proposals warning that under the plans from the council workers on a low income would be worse off and women on maternity leave could lose thousands.

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The Government has failed to name companies who are underpaying staff despite continually promising to “name and shame” those who are breaking the law.

Critics have stated that the failure to inform the public about which companies are breaking the rules are showing that the government are not serious about tackling the minimum wage issue and eradicating poverty.

Since tougher rules on non-payment of the wage were introduced in 2013, HM Revenue and Customs has investigated 1,004 complaints against employers.

Of those investigated, 398 firms have been named after they were found to be underpaying staff. 165 have not been identified because their total arrears to employees were less than £100. 27 companies have successfully argued they have not broken the law. Despite the criticism, the Department for Business said its priority was to ensure that any wage arrears owed to workers were paid rather than naming employers before them settling what they owe.

The department added that there was a delay in the naming of companies as employers had two chances to appeal before they suffered the reputational damage of being publicly identified, but, that a list of names could be expected shortly.

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MPSs are to launch an inquiry into the effect of the 2008 recession on the quality of Scottish jobs and, in particular, the labour market.

The inquiry aims to investigate some of the conditions and standards faced by Scottish workers with MSPs hoping to see that the conditions of workers in Scotland has improved, even during the tough economic climate of 2008.

As well as the condition of jobs, MSPs will look to see how employee well-being and health and safety in the workplace has been affected as well as the living standard and the impact of low wages. It is hoped that any issues that are found will allow the Scottish government to improve the working conditions for many across the country.

It is thought that the recession and tough economic climate affected many in the long term and could still be hurting the Scottish economy.

Committee convener Murdo Fraser said: "The Scottish economy is clearly on the road to recovery but it's important that as politicians we reflect on whether the 2008 recession has had a long-lasting impact on the quality of jobs in the labour market."

He added: "An increase of people in employment is always to be welcomed. However, this inquiry will delve into the issues behind the headlines and determine if job quality has improved.

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Research conducted recently by Monster.co.uk has found that around 40% of interns still don’t receive the minimum wage.

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