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Opting Out Of The 48-Hour Week – Employer Necessity Or Individual Choice? An Empirical Study Of The Operation Of Article 18(1)(B) Of The Working Time Directive In The UK

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  • Catherine Barnard
  • Simon Deakin
  • Richard Hobbs
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    The EU Working Time Directive has so far had little impact on an ingrained culture of long-hours working in the UK. Case studies suggest that the use of individual opt-outs from the 48-hour limit on weekly working time is a principal reason for this. However, removal of the individual opt-out (currently under consideration at EU level) is unlikely to make much difference to UK practice in the absence of a wider review of working time policy. In particular, the UK’s individualised system of workplace bargaining is currently ill-placed to adapt to a continental European model of working time regulation.

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    Paper provided by Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge in its series Working Papers with number wp282.

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    Date of creation: Apr 2004
    Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp282
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