Byers drives to break red tape stranglehold

Byers drives to break red tape stranglehold
Political correspondent Trade Secretary Stephen Byers is stepping up his drive to cut red tape burdens on companies after meeting engineering chiefs. He has ordered new guidance to be issued on the Working Time Directive in a streamlined and more practical form. After representations from industry bosses, including engineers who met him last month, the new guidelines will lay greater emphasis on easy to understand practical examples. The engineering chiefs highlighted the Working Time Directive as an example of the type of bureaucracy that was strangling their businesses. A spokeswoman said the Directive came into place in October and since then Byers had consulted extensively on its operation and the effectiveness of the guidance. In a similar manner, consultation before the introduction of the minimum wage had led to the scrapping of plans for every pay packet to include a 250 word legal statement.


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