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The Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute has released its annual survey on overwork, unpaid overtime, and time theft in Australia, highlighting issues of maldistribution of working hours and the scale of unpaid overtime.

Despite the recent strengthening of the labor market and improved bargaining conditions for workers due to government industrial relations reforms, wages are not keeping up with inflation, and many workers face unsatisfactory working conditions.

The report reveals that, on average, employees reported 5.4 hours of unpaid work per week, equivalent to 16.9% of total working hours, leading to a yearly loss of $11,055 per worker or more than $130 billion economy-wide.

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Olivia Mitchell