Will Brexit herald the end of the Working Time Directive?

Workers in the UK could lose their right to restricted hours of work, regular rest breaks, holiday and health and safety protection, following reports the Government will lobby to leave the European Working Time Directive following Brexit.

Under the directive, implemented into UK law under the 1998 Working Time Regulations, UK working hours are limited to an average of 48 hours a week, with 11 consecutive hours of rest in any 24-hour period. Workers are currently entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave per year under the regulations.

General secretary of the TUC Frances O’Grady described the government’s reported attempt to remove the UK from the Working Time Regulations as an attack on workers, warning that up to to seven million people – 4.7 million of them women – could lose rights to paid holiday should the government proceed with the proposal.

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