date: 16 March 2006
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on the ruling today (Thursday) from the European Court of Justice that should see an end to employer abuse of the rolled-up holiday pay system (where holiday pay is included in workers' hourly rates and people are not actually paid when they take any leave), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'Today's decision should make it much more difficult for rogue bosses and employment agencies to cheat staff out of their holiday pay. In the past it has been all too easy for employers to say they are paying staff for their holidays without in reality ever coughing up an extra penny. Thanks to union campaigning, up to a million construction workers and agency temps should now start to get the proper holiday entitlement and pay to which they are entitled.'
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