UK opt-out of 48-hour week welcomed

23-06-2008

UK opt-out of 48-hour week welcomed
The UK's decision to opt-out of the European Union's working time directive has been welcomed by Louise Morgan, the senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

She argued that businesses are primarily attracted to Britain because of its flexible labour market.

The EU's directive compromises this by regulating the market, stipulating appropriate working hours, breaks and holidays in order to protect employees.

Britain has agreed to the new legislation but has negotiated an opt-out of the law requiring employees to work no more than 48 hours a week.

"It's about workers having the right to choose their own working hours and employers having the flexibility to respond to peaks in demand," Ms Morgan commented.

She concluded that although there are still restrictions in place, the opt-out is a "good deal".

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