The UK tops the list of wealthy nations who work excessive hours, according to the International Labour Organisation.
The ILO says that one-quarter of UK employees work more than 48 hours a week, more than any other rich nation.
More than 600 million people worldwide are working long hours each week, says the UN body concerned with work trends.
The ILO report into working hours in 50 countries says its ideal of a maximum 48-hour working week is a long way off for many nations.
Among developing countries, Peruvians tops the list of workers who put in more than 48 hours a week.
The ILO blames the growth of service industries, such as tourism and transport, plus an expansion in informal working arrangements, for the excess of global working hours.
Now let me say straight up that what I don’t know about the history and motives of the International Labour Organisation could fill the Grand Canyon, and I have developed a deep suspicion towards well-meaning international organisations generally, but that last sentence strikes me as very odd. ‘Blames’ the growth of service industries?
Why would you have a goal of a global maximum 48-hour week? Is it, in fact, the International anti-Labour Organisation?