Working Time Directive

The International Transport Federation held a day of action to protest about the application of this Directive. This is the largest sector not covered by the Directive. Approximately 3.5m transport workers are employed in the sector. The European Commission threatened to propose legislation for the sector if no agreement was reached between employers and unions by 30 September. Agreement was finally reached between the employers’ organisations and trade unions in the railway and maritime sectors. However, no agreement was reached in the road transport sector. The Commission will now put forward legilsative proposals based on the agreement and a White Paper that they had produced in July 1998. [IP/98/792]

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