Tories plot to take paid holidays from workers

A ministerial plot to scrap the Working Time Directive in the UK could deny paid holidays to millions of workers, and make long working weeks the norm, the TUC has said.

The Sunday Times and Sun both report plans by ministers – including Michael Gove and Boris Johnson – to scrap the Working Time Directive after Brexit.

Losing the protections of the directive means that:

  • 7 million workers could lose rights to paid holidays – 4.7 million of them women, and many on zero-hours or part-time contracts
  • Even more workers could be forced by bosses to work weeks longer than 48 hours.
  • Workers could lose the right to lunch and rest breaks.
  • Night workers could lose some health and safety protections.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is a straight-up attack on our rights at work. Millions could lose their paid holidays, and be forced to work ridiculously long hours.

“The Working Time Directive gave nearly five million women paid holidays for the first time. No-one voted for Brexit to lose out on holidays, or to hand power over to bad bosses.

“The Prime Minister promised that our working rights would be protected after Brexit. Now we will see if she can keep her word, or if she is a hostage to extremists in her own cabinet.”

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2 thoughts on “Tories plot to take paid holidays from workers

  1. Why are people surprised by this we knew that workers rights would be set back 50 yrs when people voted to leave. Makes me so angry I have worked for 32 yrs since I was 15 and feel between pensions and wage freeze we a constantly being shafted by the government.

  2. This is a disgrace, whatever happened to a democratic society, we are going back years. I think the government cannot deal with people living longer because they cost too much money therefore they think if they take all our rights away work will eventually kill us off, but still continue to put TAX/Cost of Living etc up.
    Paid holidays are one of the few things that make people able to work as living is so expensive now, nobody could afford to take time off if they were not getting paid, therefore the companies will have a workforce out 365 days a year and dropping like flies.
    The government needs to stop this now before they bring the working masses to their knees, what’s next taking the vote off women that was so valiantly fought for.

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