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European Union

EU Working Week Discussions Break Down

Published tisdag 28 april 2009 kl 20.49

Negotiations within the EU about a directive limiting working hours have broken down, but Swedish Labour Market minister Sven-Otto Littorin says it won’t affect Sweden that much.

Discussions about putting a limit on opt-outs to the current legislation, broke down in the European Parliament, due to the protests of a blocking minority, led by the UK’s Labour Party. 15 of the EU’s 27 member states currently use an opt out clause, meaning their citizens can work up to 78 hours a week, if they wish.

Sweden already abides by the legislation, which limits the working week to 48 hours, including jour time, but may be affected if the issue is delayed even further and ends up on the table during the Swedish presidency of the EU in the second half of this year.

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