In brief: Government stands firm on holiday rights

The Government is resisting new European law giving employees rights to holidays, said unions last week. John Monks, Trade Union Congress (TUC) general secretary, attacked the Government's “Victorian workhouse mentality” for being the only EU country resisting provision of a legal right to paid holiday leave. A directive providing workers with immediate rights to a minimum of three weeks' annual leave is due to come into force on 23 November 1996, but the UK Government is challenging its legal basis, said the TUC in its report Give Us A Break.