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    EU voting on working week opt-out

    BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | EU voting on working week opt-out

    The max work week of 48 hours is one step further in human rights, why is the UK unwilling to accept this? Shameful
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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    -- why is the UK unwilling to accept this? --
    It isn't a simple issue of limiting working hours - "one size fits all" hasn't worked ever anywhere everytime.

    Anyway, if the UK doesn't accept it - it doesn't stop other EU members choosing to go their own way on it and it certainly hasn't put off all the Polish workers who came to Britain to work ever since they joined the EU.

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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | EU voting on working week opt-out

    The max work week of 48 hours is one step further in human rights, why is the UK unwilling to accept this? Shameful
    Because the UK is one of the few EU members that still actually has a work ethic to speak of...

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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Or because we have some vestige of national sovereignty left.
    "It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke

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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    Or because we have some vestige of national sovereignty left.
    You should do your best to keep it.

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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Because the UK is one of the few EU members that still actually has a work ethic to speak of...


    So it is ethical to work more than 48 hours.. Thank God that I ain't the slave here, I work 30 hours, its damn fine..
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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    It isn't a simple issue of limiting working hours - "one size fits all" hasn't worked ever anywhere everytime.

    Anyway, if the UK doesn't accept it - it doesn't stop other EU members choosing to go their own way on it and it certainly hasn't put off all the Polish workers who came to Britain to work ever since they joined the EU.
    Isnt it a healthy thing to have maximum work hours to avoid modern slavery? Who actually wants to work more than 48 hours a week? Except under special circumstances which are still allowed...

    And by the UK opting out they can keep exploiting these people at their suffering because it falls/opts out of the EU protection of rights.
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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    Isnt it a healthy thing to have maximum work hours to avoid modern slavery? Who actually wants to work more than 48 hours a week? Except under special circumstances which are still allowed...

    And by the UK opting out they can keep exploiting these people at their suffering because it falls/opts out of the EU protection of rights.
    We don't need Brussells to defend our rights, we've been doing it for centuries. How about you guys keep your noses out of our affairs for once.
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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    Isnt it a healthy thing to have maximum work hours to avoid modern slavery? Who actually wants to work more than 48 hours a week? Except under special circumstances which are still allowed...

    And by the UK opting out they can keep exploiting these people at their suffering because it falls/opts out of the EU protection of rights.

    Do you know what the average working hours in Europe are? The US? Great Britain? Switzerland?

    Try that before you start on about "slave labour" in the UK.

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    Re: EU voting on working week opt-out

    Personally I am of the attitude, if you want to work yourself to death then fine by me.

    However I am all for having an upper limit on what companies can "force" employees to work, since the goal of the legislation is to protect the weak party, aka the employees, from being exploited by management. We have seen it before and still see it world wide, so why do some people live in a box thinking that such exploitation wont happen in the 21st century...

    Saying that, if the employee (without being threatened with being fired of course) agrees on his or her own accord to work more than the limit, fine by me.. that is a personal freedom and choice... but of course said employee should be compensated for the extra work. If the employees say no.. guess what.. HIRE some more! if you as a company need workers to work extra hours.

    As for the UK not wanting to "play ball".. hardly a shocker. The country that brought us child slave labour in Victorian times has been fighting any and all measures to improve the working place for decades.
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