Monday 25 February 2008

Working Time Win

It's great to see that we've won a court case defeating the exemption of offshore workers from the right to paid holidays under the Working Time Directive.

What a disgrace that our government is still dragging its feet over the removal of the various opt-outs. It's well established that working long hours damages health. Many companies put pressure on people to "opt out" of the right to work less than an average of 48 hours a week (over a 17 week period). 48 hours is equivalent to six 8-hour days - something we should have seen the back of decades ago.

How can it be right that half of us are working longer and longer hours under pressure to keep our jobs or to sustain a reasonable standard of living, while millions are still unemployed or on bogus schemes to disguise unemployment?

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