Found 10th Jan 2009
I'm not sure if anyone can help me but if you can please reply

Was speaking to a mate today and he was telling me how he works 12hour shift. 2 shifts of 7am to 7pm and then 24 hours off and then 2 7pm to 7am shifts. A 48 hour week.
He now says his company is forcing them to do 20 holday covers a year. 4 12 hours must be hard enough but are there any maximum working hour laws out there?
Before they would just get agency or get in people who wanted the overtime but now it seems they are forcing 20 more 12 hours on him and says he don't no if he can cope with more time at work and less on his part time studies!
Any help would be great thank you. He is just a warehouse operator.

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doesnt he have a contract?

if he does it should state working hours on it

standard working hours a week is up too 40 hours, but some companys get people to sign opt out forms when they start there jobs, in order to work more hours. if he has signed one of these then there isn't alot he can do.

Once you work 4 weeks at these hours, they become your contracted hours

unless he has signed himself out of the uk working time regulations (48hrs max per week) then i dont think they can force him to do it.

google for e.u. working directive

pretty sure it states legal working hours - max without breaks etc

Not sure
but i think ther shold be a 12h break in between shifts so if he works 12h then he have a night to rest then 12h its fine
what type of work he does ???
and no one can force u to work more if u dont want to only if its in a CONTRACT

I use to work night then a morning shift then a night again, but i agree to work extra if its required

Thing is though... is he fully employed? Does he have a proper contract?

I'm self employed and as such.. theres no maximum working hours, no minimum wage.

I would think that what protection he has rests on what his contractual agreement is with his employer...

And if he refuses...what happens then?

We all know of instances where they go... "You wont do it? Well hey, someone else will!", and out they go...

Shifty business practices.

my OH used to regularly do 13 days solid 12 hour shifts he has to have one rest day in every 14!!

Jeffry24;4020886

Not sure but i think ther shold be a 12h break in between shifts so if … Not sure but i think ther shold be a 12h break in between shifts so if he works 12h then he have a night to rest then 12h its fine what type of work he does ???and no one can force u to work more if u dont want to only if its in a CONTRACTI use to work night then a morning shift then a night again, but i agree to work extra if its required



Thats correct and a max of 13 shifts back to back i beleive it is.

As for covering the holidays it would depend on his contract.

What does he do? Has he a union?

Original Poster

Yes full contract. I will have to get him to look at he contract.
He has been there 2 years and never worked a days overtime. If his contract says he agrees to opt-out that means that he is forced to work more than 48 hours a week?

hes under no obligation to do more than his contract hours but some employers can be sly about the contract saying they are required to work when required but are guaranteed x amount of hours per week, specially if hes signed himself out of the working time regulations

foxymissroxy;4020918

my OH used to regularly do 13 days solid 12 hour shifts he has to have … my OH used to regularly do 13 days solid 12 hour shifts he has to have one rest day in every 14!!



I reckon he's a bus driver.;-)

Broxy;4021005

I reckon he's a bus driver.;-)



nope!! lool hes and engineer- he engineers stuff loooooooooool :oops:

This might help, working time directive, you can decide to opt out if you want to.

berr.gov.uk/wha…tml
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