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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Nearly one in three overnight workers are aged over 50, according to analysis by one of the UK's largest unions.
Over-50s account for about 924,000 of a record 3.2 million people who regularly work through the night,
the Trades Union Congress (TUC) says
It wants better protection for night workers' health and wellbeing, saying the government does not do enough.
The government said it was proposing new rights for flexible workers, including those who work night shifts.
Jobs most likely to involve night work include care work, nursing, road transport and security, the TUC said.
The union has called for greater protection for those workers, saying that the hours can have a damaging effect on family life, as well as physical and mental health.
According to its analysis, the number of people regularly working night shifts is at its highest level since current official records began in 2005.
It found that about 100,000 more people are regularly working overnight than five years ago.
It found that 173,000 more over-50s were working overnights than in 2014.
The research also indicated that there are 222,000 people over the age of 60 working nights, and 69,000 over 65.
General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Night work can be really hard - disrupting family life and placing a strain on people's health."
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