British employees face working “excessive” hours if the U.K. votes to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum, the Trades Union Congress warned on Tuesday.
Protections provided by the EU Working Time Directive, in force since 1998, are in the sights of campaigners for a so-called Brexit, the umbrella group for unions representing 6 million workers said in an e-mailed statement.
“Working people’s rights are on the line in this referendum –- and working-time protections are particularly at risk,” TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said. “Brexit campaigners have made no secret of their wish to scrap working-time protections. If they get their way, the 48-hour limit will be gone and your boss will be able to force you to work 60 or 70-hour weeks.”