European Parliament set to battle ‘opt-out’ in Working Time Directive

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Members of the European Parliament mark a minute of silence for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash at the start a plenary session in Brussels, Belgium, 25 March 2015.

European Parliament set to battle ‘opt-out’ in Working Time Directive


In a candid interview Stephen Hughes Member of European Parliament (PES) spoke to Alexander B. Coronakis about the “Working Time” Directive and pros and cons of its implications for workers.

For our readers, can you give a brief explanation of the “Working Time” Directive, and what the “opt-out” is and its significance?

The “Working Time” Directive which was adopted 10 years ago in 1993, included the possibility for individual workers to sign an opt-out from the central protection given by...


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