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Such a clause is not really that unusual. For example, we as lawyers have such clauses in our contracts as standard and can be asked to work additional hours as needed to fulfil the needs of the business, plus not get paid for them. The legal protection you get is that whatever hours you work every month, and the pay you get, the average pay has to be above minimum wage. As long as that is satisfied you could potentially be asked to work additional hours, although whether this happens often or not depends on the employer and the industry.
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I wouldn’t necessarily say they can ask you to work full additional days, this is more to work overtime on the days you have already been contracted to work. You also cannot say what is reasonable as there is no such definition and potentially anything can be asked of you, as long as you stick within the legal limits, which are ab average of 48 hours a week maximum and as mentioned your average pay remains above the minimum wage
if you say no, they can dismiss you, especially as you have no unfair dismissal protection in the first 2 years. As to breaks you are only entitled to 20 minutes for every 6 hours of work so if you work 9.30 to 17.30 by law all they have to give you is 20 minutes break
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