Unpaid overtime hours double during confinement amid telecommuting boom. A CCOO report indicates that, despite the destruction of occupation, the workers who kept their jobs multiplied their hours in work. The rise of teleworking and the lack of a prior culture of disconnection explains, in part, this effervescence of unpaid overtime.
The confinement meant for many Catalans work longer hours but not collectability. The overtime unpaid doubled during the first three months of a pandemic, when restrictions forced two out of ten Catalans to telecommute and lounge of many houses cohabited the ‘Netflix’ with corporate emails and ‘webinars’.
This is reflected in a report published this Thursday by CCOO de Catalunya , which indicates that if all those hours worked in excess and not paid will be regularized, it would create 10,774 new jobs.
One week and twelve months after Pedro Sánchez declared the first state of alarm for the covid, one of the many consequences that the pandemic has left is the increase in marathon days. Many lost their jobs, others went on to leave and a part of those who kept their jobs went on to dedicate more hours to it. And they weren’t always charged.
According to data compiled by the INE’s CCOO, the number of workers who did unpaid overtime soared 19.7% during the second quarter. A total of 53,049 Catalan workers admit to having worked extra hours that the company did not pay them later.
However, it was not so much how many overworked and did not get paid, but how much those people overworked. Well, the total volume of unpaid overtime has multiplied by two, going from the 305,961 hours that are worked before the covid and the 602,610 hours that were worked during the first three months of the pandemic.
A burden that did not fall in the same way between men and women, because while among them that volume increased by 116%, among them almost half did the same, 63.3%.
The rise of teleworking was one of those responsible for this excess working hours. This shot up 123% compared to the pre-covid stage, to the point that 19.2% of employed Catalans began to practice from home.
The lack of prior culture when it comes to exercising remotely caused in many cases a loss of routines, which translated into more hours on the job. Or a lack of habits that made it difficult to separate spaces within the home and disconnect once the day was over.