Manifesto 2019:Tackle Poverty and Inequality - Work - Working Time

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Working Time


Time off to rest, relax and be with family is essential to a happy and fulfilling life, but workers in the UK put in some of the longest hours in Europe.

Labour will tackle excessive working hours. Within a decade we will reduce average full-time weekly working hours to 32 across the economy, with no loss of pay, funded by productivity increases.

We will meet this target by:

  • Ending the opt-out provision for the EU Working Time Directive and enforcing working-time regulations.
  • Setting up an independent Working Time Commission to advise on raising minimum holiday entitlements and reducing maximum weekly working time.
  • Investing to increase productivity and making sure workers share the benefits.
  • We will keep restrictions on Sunday trading in place and review unpaid overtime.