The negotiation of the revision of the Working Time Directive
in EU enlargement, the clash of capitalisms and the European social dimension
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This chapter concerns the renegotiation of the 1993 Working Time Directive which sets out a 48-hour limit to an employee’s working week, as well as requirements for rest and annual leave. The directive contains the opt-out whereby employees would be allowed to work in excess of the 48-hour week. It also contained a clause whereby the opt-out was to be reviewed after a ten year period paving the way for the 2004 negotiations. The chapter analyses the negotiations and pays attention to the positions and contribution of the CEE states during the negotiations.

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