Fleet News

Fleet careers: No limit imposed on working week

THE government has said it will not introduce a maximum working week of 48 hours following discussions with the Social Affairs Council of the EU.

The move has been criticised by the Trade Union Congress (TUC), which believes the UK already has a culture of long working hours.

Countries such as Spain, Greece, Italy and Cyprus plan to impose a maximum 48-hour working week but the government’s decision means British workers, mainly senior managers and professionals, can work beyond this, with many continuing to work for up to 60 hours.

Brendan Barber, general secretary at the TUC, said: ‘This was a missed opportunity to ensure that UK workers are properly protected against the dangers of overwork. The trend in the UK is now towards a slow decline in long working hours. New legal rights would have speeded up that process without hitting economic success.’

The TUC plans to increase its campaign against long working hours in a bid to bring the UK into line with existing EU law.

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee