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United Kingdom: Cameron quizzes EU work directive

6 September 2011
Presseurop
The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2011

“David Cameron moves to water down new EU job laws,” headlines The Daily Telegraph, revealing that the British PM might dilute the “controversial” Agency Workers Directive to be introduced on October 1. The directive extends to temporary agency workers the same rights as full-time workers to pay, holiday and maternity leave after 12 weeks of employment, and could cost British businesses “almost £2 billion a year”, the London daily explains. Amidst alarm that it “could derail Britain’s fragile recovery”, the PM’s advisers are debating whether to remove some provisions added when the directive was adapted to UK law. One other option, however, “is the “Armageddon” tactic of simply refusing to introduce the new laws, a move that could result in multi-million pound EU fines for the Government,” the Telegraph adds.