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UNION CHALLENGE OVER HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT FOR SHORT-TERM CONTRACT WORKERS

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Bectu, the entertainment workers' union, has been granted leave to seek a judicial review of legislation affecting ...
Bectu, the entertainment workers' union, has been granted leave to seek a judicial review of legislation affecting the holiday entitlement of those on short-term contracts and freelance employees, reports the Financial Times (p10).

Working-time regulations, which convert the EU working-time directive into UK law, stipulate that every worker is entitled to three weeks of paid annual leave rising to four weeks from next November but this right should not apply to anyone who has not worked for the same employer for 13 weeks or more.

Roy Lockett, deputy general secretary of Bectu, said the regulations, introduced last October, excluded thousands of freelancers and people on very short-term contracts.

'British workers have the right to the same minimum holiday entitlements as other freelance and contract workers from across Europe,' he said.
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