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Firms defy the law on holidays

Issue No. 1713

Firms defy the law on holidays

A Citizens Advice Bureaux report has found that thousands of workers across Britain are being denied their legal right to at least four weeks annual paid holiday.

The rights to paid holiday, installed in the 1998 Working Time Regulations Act, are flouted because New Labour has not created a body to enforce these rules. Bosses have an attitude of "deliberate non-compliance" towards the law, the report found. Workers who attempt to stand up for their rights are victimised and harassed by their boss.

One woman had not had any paid leave during 12 years of working part time in the kitchens of a public house. In Lancashire a woman was sacked as a "troublemaker" for pressing her boss about paid holiday leave.

Employers can sack workers because very few will take cases of unfair dismissal to court, and if found guilty the punishment is negligible. Even though the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal is �50,000 the average award is �2,388.

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Sat 9 Sep 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1713
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