In the 15 years since the introduction of the European Working Time Directive, (which is health and safety legislation) the hours worked per person in the UK have dropped overall – but this is partly as a result of recession.
Yet even nowÂ 35%Â of employees workÂ 40 to 48Â hours per week while a furtherÂ 11% workÂ more than 48Â hours. Furthermore it is estimated at least 2 million workers are not getting their minimum holiday rights.
With increasing pressure on fewer workers to cover the same workloads, pressure on workers to work longer hours – or face reprisals – trade union reps need to be clear about members’ rights to basic health and safety entitlements – including working hours, time off between shifts, rest and meal breaks etc.
A new booklet from LRD gives the facts and helps make the case for the Working Time Directive. Click here to download the order form from LRD.