The European Parliament has voted to end the
‘This is a victory for a common sense compromise on the 48 hour working week,’ said TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber.
‘If implemented it would mean that employers would have to accept that staff could no longer work more than 48 hours a week on average, but unions would have to concede that the average would be calculated over 12 months, not the current 17 weeks. This would mean nearly two million
But not everyone is happy. CBI Director-General Sir Digby Jones is one of them.
‘Today’s vote shows the European Parliament has learned nothing about the challenge of globalisation. Presumably these are the same MEPs who will be complaining about employers relocating to
‘The current opt-out system works, in large part, extremely well. It gives employees choice in the hours they work, allowing them to generate wealth for their families and companies to generate wealth for the nation. People need the opportunity to aspire and earn extra money if they want to,’ he added.
‘I want to hear from the trade unions just who is going to compensate families for lost income – I’m sure it won’t be the Government or indeed the unions themselves.’
‘If implemented, this Directive would restrict the
‘This now becomes the first test of our new Government’s resolve to reform