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Union demands action on holiday pay


CONSTRUCTION union Ucatt has called on the Government to tighten up working time regulations after the European Court of Justice ruled that 'rolled-up' holiday pay is against the law.

The court said: 'A regime of rolledup holiday pay may lead to situations in which the minimum period of paid annual leave is, in effect, replaced by an allowance in lieu, which the directive prohibits.'

The union has long campaigned against the practice of holiday pay being including in workers' weekly wage packets, leaving them unpaid during leave.

Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie said: 'This unfair practice must now stop. We have always stated that the system of rolled-up rates is just another vehicle for employers to shirk their legal obligations in respect of their workforce. We will now ensure that all our members are paid their proper holiday entitlement.' The union wants the DTI to shore up UK working time regulations, which have allowed rolled-up holiday pay contrary to the European Commission's Working Time Directive.

The judgement stated: 'Member states are required to take the measures to ensure that practices incompatible with the directive relating to annual leave are not continued.'