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CBI Says No To WTD Ban


The CBI has commented on tomorrows vote by MEPs in Brussels on the Working Time Directive opt-out.

John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: Some people want to work more than 48 hours a week and some do not. We think this should be your choice. Unfortunately, some MEPs in Brussels think they should make the choice for you. They want to ban working more than 48 hours per week.

This move would affect workers across all sectors of our economy who currently choose longer hours, from accountants to medical researchers.

The ban on longer hours could create particular problems in tough economic conditions. Workers in a company fighting for survival who wanted to go the extra mile could be stopped from doing so. People who want to work longer hours to help support their family in hard times could also be denied this right.

These amendments would stop us choosing how we want to work. They should be rejected.


According to Government figures over 3 million UK workers (over 10% of total employment) work more than 48 hours a week.
The opt-out gives UK business important flexibilities that employers elsewhere in Europe can achieve by other means. European employment policy must respect legitimate differences in the regulation of labour markets removing the opt-out would impose a one-size fits all model of employment regulation and be unfair on the UK.
The opt-out allows workers who want to go the extra mile and work longer hours to do so. This includes people in medical research and people who want to work longer hours for professional reasons.
It also allows people to adapt to changing circumstances. For example, it would allow somebody to work extra hours or do extra overtime to support their family in hard times.
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