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EU Fails to Agree on Working Time Legislation

Published fredag 2 juni 2006 kl 12.15
The EU drags Sweden to court

European Union ministers have once again failed to agree on employment hours for workers within the bloc, with divisions over whether to continue to allow exemptions to the 48-hour per week maximum.

After 12 hours of talks on Thursday, in Austria, the group could only announce that the talks remained stalled within the 25-nation block.

The thorny issue will now be transferred to Finland’s EU presidency which starts on July 1st.

The EU nations have attempted to agree on revisions to the European working time legislation since late 2004.

One group of EU nations, led by Britain and supported by Germany and many of the new Eastern European members, want to maintain the ”opt-outs” in the name of freedom of choice.

On the other side of the fence, Sweden along with France and Spain want to abolish the waivers in order to protect workers.

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