At my work they constantly play irritating Christmas records that drive me mad. Can I do anything to stop them?

Well, you could try what shop workers in Austria did in 2003. They demanded compensation for the 'psychological terror' of being subjected to hours of piped Christmas music. A union study found that listening to endless hours of Silent Night and Jingle Bells made shop staff 'aggressive and confrontational'.

Union spokesperson Gottfried Rieser said: "By the time Christmas comes around there are large scores of abused shop workers who hate the very idea of it. They cannot bear to listen to Christmas songs and completely lose their temper at the slightest mention of anything to do with Christmas."

Union lawyers had been instructed to see whether legal action can be taken to stop stores constantly playing Christmas jingles, but it appeared there was little they could do. But he added the unions were now calling on employers to voluntarily introduce a code of practice where Christmas music was limited to a few hours a day in peak shopping hours. So it really is that the tills are alive with the sound of music!

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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