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Warning of the risk to working time opt-out

BAN ON WORKING MORE THAN 48 HOURS PER WEEK COULD FOLLOW
The CBI today warned of the risk to the working time opt-out, which lets people choose to work more than 48 hours a week, ahead of a conciliation committee meeting in Brussels next week.

Socialist MEPs want to remove the opt-out from the 48-hour week in the Working Time Directive. This would ban people from choosing longer hours. It could affect overtime, career aspirations and extra work by people to help support their families during the recession.

The meeting on Wednesday 1 April will take place between delegations from the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. It will aim to reach agreement on a revised text for the European Working Time Directive, where some MEPs propose to end the opt-out.

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