You hear a lot from Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters about how Labour in Government, between 1997 and 2010, were just a bunch of Red Tories.
However, on those rare occasions that Jeremy Corbyn does well at Prime Minster’s Question Time, he is quite often defending the legacy of Labour’s time in Government, that period when Tony Blair and then latterly Gordon Brown were Prime Ministers.
That period when Jeremy Corbyn routinely voted with the Tories against the Labour Party.
“BRITISH workers are set for an overtime bonanza after Brexit, it was revealed last night.
Ministers want to scrap EU laws” passed by Labour in Government “which limit the working week to 48 hours — costing the average family £1,200 in lost pay.”
Workers set for post-Brexit overtime boom as ministers plot to scrap EU limits
The European commission introduced the working time directive in 1993 to work alongside member states’ employment laws. It is primarily designed to safeguard workers’ rights. It puts a limit on the number of hours that should be worked each week and specifies how long breaks should be, as well as legislating specifically for night-time working.
What is the working time directive?
Employees have the right to:
A maximum working week of 48 hours
A rest period of 11 consecutive hours a day
A rest break when the day is longer than six hours
A minimum of one rest day per wee
The statutory right to four weeks’ holiday.
In addition to this:
Night working must not average out at more than eight hours at a stretch
Workers will be entitled to a free health check-up before being employed on night work and at regular intervals thereafter.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has 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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