Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spare a Thought for Those Working on Christmas Day

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spare a Thought for Those Working on Christmas Day

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Byline: BETH FARHAT

AS many workplaces prepare to shut down for the Christmas break and thoughts turn to family and friends, mince pies and presents under the tree, the TUC is urging everyone to spare a thought for the tens of thousands of people who will be working this Christmas Day.

NHS and social care workers are likely to make up largest group of people working this Christmas. As well as hospitals asking more staff to work during the festive period, many work in hotels, pubs and restaurants on Christmas Day and also local shops and garages.

There has been a significant increase in the number of people working on Christmas Day in recent years, reflecting the changing nature of the way we live our lives.

We should all spare a thought for the people on who will be hard at work on Christmas day while we're opening our presents, messing about with our new gadgets, tucking into our turkey dinners, sipping a glass of sherry and relaxing with our families. …

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