Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. TUC to help staff opt back in to 48-hour weekOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today The TUC has launched a campaign to help workers opt back in to a 48-hourworking week. The trade union body claims that one-in-four people are forced to sign theopt-out, which allows them to work more than the legal limit of 48-hours aweek. Time’s up for Long Hours is a ‘how to’ guide to opting back in to a 48-hourworking week, and includes a model letter that workers can use to tell theirbosses they no longer want to work more than 48 hours a week. All an employee needs to do to opt back in is write a letter saying theywish to do so. It is illegal for an employer to take action against them orsack an employee because of their choice. The TUC says many employees do not know their rights – only one-in-three iseven aware there is a 48-hour limit on the average working week. TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, said: “The UK’s long-hoursculture is a threat to the health and safety of employees and a threat to thehealth and growth of the UK economy. Employees are tired and stressed. Businessis unproductive. “The European Commission should end the opt-out to the EU Working TimeDirective when it is reviewed later this year.” The guide is available at www.workSMART.org.uk Related posts:No related photos.