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    PS Helper
    Hey guys!
    I work in a bar, and we often work six, seven, eight hours without a break.
    I know this isn't right, especially as we are on our feet the entire time, but I'm not sure how to ask for a break really! I know the owner quite well, but Barracuda Bars (who are the parent company of Varsity Bars) are pretty ****e to work for.
    Any help would be appreciated
    IQ x

    Just be blunt but polite...

    Hey (managers name) can I have a break please, I've been working for however many hours without one.

    If they say no then you need to come up with a new idea, doubt they would though.
    • CV Helper

    CV Helper
    Smoke, or pretend to smoke. The only way people were allowed breaks in the bar i worked at was if they went outside for a cigarette.

    Know your rights!

    TUC page

    Work Smart

    You are also entitled to a break of 20 minutes away from where you normally work if your working day will be longer than six hours.

    But the same groups of workers who have different provisions for daily and weekly breaks can also have their breaks at work varied. Again if you cannot take your break you must be given time off at another time.

    In some jobs you may be entitled to longer breaks. If your job is particularly repetitive or dangerous (such as the threat of RSI to keyboard workers) then you may be entitled to more breaks, at least away from the dangerous activity. Take advice if you are in this position.
    edit: ask politely 1st, e.g. "I would like to take my break now, please." If they refuse then refer them to the rights that you have. Don't let them fob you off/threaten you with the sack etc. If they're really arsey then perhaps worth contacting citizens' advice bureau.
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