Unions issue warning on holiday pay
Holiday pay rights for millions of workers could be weakened if regulations are introduced to reduce rights at work stemming from EU law, unions are warning.
The TUC claimed that up to 3.5 million workers are at risk of being left worse off if ministers “meddle” with holiday pay.
The union organisation said the Government was preparing to introduce regulations reducing rights at work which stem from EU law.
The law ensures that most holiday is paid in line with workers’ normal earnings, including regular overtime and bonuses, but if changes are made, companies would only have to cover basic pay, said the TUC.
TUC general secretary Paul Nowak said: “The plan to meddle with the way holiday pay is calculated and could see millions of grafters who do regular overtime worse off when they take holiday.
“This would be a huge blow to working people in every corner of the country.
“The last thing they need is less money when they take a well-earned break.
“Ministers must protect working people’s holiday pay and ditch these plans without delay.
“Working people are already working around the clock to make ends meet and too many are exhausted.”
A Government spokesperson said: “This is scaremongering. The Government will publish its response to this consultation next week, but throughout this process we have been consistently clear that we will uphold our strong track record on workers’ rights.”
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