Why we need the Working Time Directive strengthened
Construction worker David Brown has won his case against his former employer after he was forced to work unacceptable hours.
According to a report in Planning and Business Control Today:
“Brown said he had raised concerns with his bosses on several different occasions, yet nothing was done to reduce his hours.
Between June and October 2014, he reportedly worked no less than 53 hours a week and worked more than 70 during seven of those weeks.”
The judge said the time Brown spent at work was “excessive” and awarded him £14,031.
This can-not be regarded as a happy ending. David Brown found himself forced to resign from Ogilvie Construction after 28 years service in order to escape what the judge called “excessive hours week in, week out, over an extended period”.
David’s experience is sadly all too common. We need the Working Time Directive limit of a 48 hour average working week to be actively enforced so that hard working people are not exploited in this way – and frankly we need to see the worst employers prosecuted so that there is a stronger deterrent.