UK workers will not be subjected to the 48-hour working time directive, after ministers refused to agree to give up Britain's opt-out from the law.
Talks in the European parliament took place this week on the possible abolition of the right to be excluded from the directive, which a number of EU countries have, but these broke up without agreement.
Commenting on the situation, employment minister Pat McFadden remarked: "We have said consistently that we would not give up the opt-out and that continues to be the case."
He stated that it was right that during a recession people should be able to gain much-needed extra income through doing overtime.
New rules introduced in Britain this week include increases in statutory maternity and sick pay.
Published on: April 3, 2009