Work to live or live to work?

Do you want to work more than 48 hours a week? The European Union wants to abolish long working hours for employees and end a fine tradition of abusing employees and milking them for all they’re worth. Which all sounds very laudable and is warmly received by various trade unions. But it seem that abolishing the opt-out that currently allows long hours would not be welcome by employees in the UK. Research from Manpower suggests that only a quarter of UK workers want restrictions on the number of hours they work in a week. Rather than being pressured to do longer hours, it seems that most employees want the opportunity to earn overtime beyond the 48 hour limit. Out of over 2,000 firms polled in the study, 85% who use the opt-out say ending it would adversely affect their business. Here’s more information on the Working Time Directive from the Business Link, from the Department of Trade and Industry and here’s a good outline from the BBC.

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