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GOVERNMENT WORKING HOURS DISPUTE BAD FOR COUNCILS

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The government's row with Europe over working hours has landed councils in a mess, the Association of Metropolitan ...
The government's row with Europe over working hours has landed councils in a mess, the Association of Metropolitan Authorities said this week. (LGC magazine, p7)

The AMA fears the government's dispute with the EU over the latter's insistence on a 48-hour week means councils could be sued by staff who put in longer hours.

AMA chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham said: 'Local authorities stand to be sued for millions by employees who are at present required to work more than eight hours at night or 48 hours a week.

'We tried to explain this to the government and got a crass and complacent reply from junior trade minister John Taylor.

'He seemed to think we should just cut the hours worked, slash pay accordingly and revel in having some extra cash in the bank.'
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