Speaking of European labor-law rigidity…

by Walter Olson on April 25, 2014

The Wall Street Journal last month (paywalled, no link) reported on how the long-moribund British auto industry now has a striking success, BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford, along with a hopeful sign for the future, Tata Motors Ltd.’s plans to invest $2.5 billion in its Jaguar plant in Solihull:

Workplace flexibility is a big factor behind the success of the U.K.’s auto industry, experts say. The Mini plant operates under the “working time account” model, which lets employees build up extra working hours that they can then draw on in downtime. …

“This is impossible in the rest of Europe on any relevant scale because of local legislation that protects workers’ rights and pay,” said John Leech, head of the U.K. automotive section at consultancy KPMG.

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1 kimsch 04.28.14 at 2:58 am

Wouldn’t letting “employees build up extra working hours that they can then draw on in downtime.” be a worker’s right to choose?

I guess not if the union didn’t negotiate it for him/her…

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