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ANGER AT AMENDMENTS TO WORKING TIME RULES

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There was an angry reaction yesterday from the Trades Union Congress to the government's decision to go ahead with ...
There was an angry reaction yesterday from the Trades Union Congress to the government's decision to go ahead with amendments to working time regulations before the parliamentary summer recess.

The two proposed amendements, sent out for consultation on 7 July, aim to cut red tape on employers and workers, the government said.

The first enables managers, executives and others who 'can determine the length of their own working hours' to work extra hours above their contract stipulation voluntarily without falling foul of the 48-hour-a-week legal limit.

The second removes the requirement on employers to keep detailed records for those who decide to opt out of the working time limits.

Brendan Barber, deputy general secretary of the TUC, said the government's proposed amendments blew a hole through its 'family-friendly policies' and were a 'capitulation to the worst kind of business lobbying'.

The TUC is also angry about what it sees as 'a wholly inadequate period of consultation of 10 days'. It said the amendments meant many white-collar workers would be excluded from the 48-hour limit by agreeing to 'voluntary' overtime.

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