A totally united socialist group in the European Parliament will help achieve the majority to finally end the opt-out
Ministers promised the opt-outs
would at least get an inflation-linked cash increase to tide them over while other schools caught up with their funding.
A government may use opt-outs
as a temporary expedient to avoid holding a referendum on a treaty.
France has a 35-hour work week and sees all opt-outs
as giving its EU counterparts an unfair advantage.
The Government has recorded a significant victory in the battle to fight plans by European Parliament to abolish work time opt-outs
, and has successfully thwarted attempts to remove an individual's right to opt-out
of the maximum 48-hour working week.
The vote by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament to remove the individual opt-out
in the Working Time Directive by 2010 last week was met with disappointment and concern.
'A worker would have to give his or her personal consent to opt-out
of the 48-hours week and an employer could not force an employee to do so,' Cotman said.
Most employers want to retain the UK's opt-out
from a European directive aimed at limiting working hours to 48 a week, and warn they would have to hire more staff if it was abolished, research shows today.
But hotels in parts of the country, including London, are pressing new recruits to sign an individual opt-out
, the GMB general union said.
According to provisional information, the Irish government could propose an opt-out
on certain aspects of the ESDP, rather than on the totality of it, in particular: participation in the European Defence Agency and the EU's Military Staff.
The largest party in Denmark's coalition government may consider scrapping the country's opt-out
of European monetary union, paving the way for a referendum on signing up for the euro single currency, a senior official said.
So if an opt-out
form comes your way, just ignore it.