Contracts Breaking European Job Laws

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), October 27, 1998 | Go to article overview
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Contracts Breaking European Job Laws


THE employment contracts of dozens of Solihull Council staff are to be torn up at a cost of pounds 75,000 a year after being ruled illegal by Eurocrats.

Shift patterns and holiday entitlements for staff at the borough's two sports centres and ice rink have been found to fall foul of new workers rights brought in by the European Union.

A shock report by council chiefs has revealed that the practice of working back to back shifts, often finishing at 11pm before starting at 8am the next day, breaks the new European Working Time Directive.

This demands that staff take a minimum 11 hour break between shifts.

And staff at Solihull Ice Rink have been found to be getting only three weeks paid holiday a year instead of the four weeks minimum which has also been laid down by the new European laws.

A 48 hour maximum working week will also have to be imposed whether staff at the ice rink and the Tudor Grange and North Solihull Sports Centres want it or not.

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