Unite the Union

Unite the Union

August 13, 2007 11:54 ET

Unite response to story on holiday entitlement

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2007) -

Unite the Union's Director of Research, Roger Jeary, commented:

"It is ironic that on the day that the Tory party advocates scrapping the working time directive, which gave UK workers the right to paid holidays for the first time, on the grounds that this was a burden on business, this evidence shows that even when the new provisions are implemented in full, UK workers remain at the bottom of the league in Europe.

"The DTI's own evidence recognises that these increases will have hidden benefits to many businesses and employers. For example through improved productivity, better motivated staff and reduced sickness absence."

Unite argued for the new holiday entitlement to be introduced in full from this October rather than the staged approach adopted by the government under pressure from employers which means that UK workers will have to wait until April 2009 before benefiting from the increases.

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224 761.