Poll of workers reveals opposition to hours limitations

21-08-2006

The majority of British workers are against government limitation of the number of hours that they can work, a new poll reveals.

The survey by the Financial Times and Harris found that 52 per cent of Britons over the age of 16 believe that the government should not have the ability to limit the amount of hours a member of staff can work in one week.

German and French workers surveyed in the European poll agreed with British workers that governments should not have that power, while Italians were split down the middle.

Only Spanish workers were in favour of government controls on working hours, with 72 per cent stating their support.

European working hours are regulated under an EU directive, which limits employees to working 48 hours per week over a 17 week period, although many British workers have the right to opt out of this.

The survey also found that more than 60 per cent of UK workers thought that the government should not have the ability to establish mandatory retirement ages.



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