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Sinn Féin MEPs welcome EU Parliament decision to end 48-hour working week opt-out

17 December, 2008


Responding to the EU Parliament's overwhelming decision to end the 48-hour working week opt-out within three years in the proposed revision of the Working Time Directive Sinn Féin MEPs Mary Lou McDonald and Bairbre de Brún have called on the European Council to accept the Parliament's position and both paid tribute to the trade union movement for its campaign work on the issue.

Speaking from Strasbourg after the vote the MEPs said:

"It is imperative that the Council act on the Parliament's decision to end the 48-hour working week opt-out, in the proposed revision of the Working Time Directive, within three years. Workers across Europe now more than ever need to be protected from unscrupulous employers. Health and safety must always be paramount when addressing workers rights. Employers, workers and society as a whole benefits from such an approach.

"Ending the opt-out is paramount. However if the Council proceeds with its endeavour to retain it Sinn Féin is calling for a Six County opt-in to the 48-hour working week in order to ensure harmonisation of employment terms and conditions across the island of Ireland." ENDS

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