The Working Time Directive Review. Paul Sellers TUC Policy Officer email@example.com www.tuc.org.uk. TUC working time goals. To improve the balance between work and life To give workers more choice over their hours and patterns of work To end excessive working time.
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- 9.6 million employees want fewer hours
- of which, 2.3 million want fewer hours even if this means less pay
- plus a further 3.5 million of which want fewer hours just by cutting their unpaid overtime
Source: ONS LFS Microdata service summer 2005
- 'Working time: Its impact on safety and health', Anne Spurgeon, International Labour Organisation, 2003, p11
- 'Working Long Hours', Health and Safety Laboratory, HSE, 2002, p.19
-HSE - factories, building sites, mines, farms, fairgrounds, quarries, chemical plants, nuclear installations, offshore installations (but see below!), railways, schools, hospitals, mobile workers in road transport other than HGV/PSV, employed taxi drivers and couriers. -Local authorities - shops and retailing, offices, hotels and catering, sports, leisure and consumer services.
- worker must take case to employment tribunal
16 and 17 year old workers
Mobile transport workers
*BRMB Social Research, 'A survey of workers' experiences of the Working Time Regulations', DTI Employment Relations Research Series No.31, November 2004
- 7 years after it took effect
1: European Commission proposes text
2: European Parliament (simple majority) and Council of Ministers (qualified majority) agree separately on amendments to the texts
3: EP and CoM discuss each others amendments
4: 2 readings each. if no agreement, proposals then go to conciliation
*See also http://www.europa.eu.int/scadplus/glossary/codecision_procedure_en.htm
Note - dossiers for all EU legislative proposals are at http://europa.eu.int/prelex
ETUC and TUC General Council both back the Parliament's proposals as best deal on offer:
-but have not fully discussed EC’s new proposals
-and possible that 3-way split could reduce to 2 opposing positions: countries defending the opt-out as necessary for economic growth vs those that considered a 12 month reference period as offering enough flexibility to allow the opt-out to be phased out.
-UK reps sought clarification on on-call work proposals and the interaction with rest breaks
-UK plus 7 others want to strike out article 2b, which concerns reconciliation of work and family life – EC unlikely to agree
- Feb 24 2006: 3rd TUC Work Your Proper Hours Day