R v Department of Trade and Industry ex parte Broadcasting and Entertainment Cinematographic Trade Union.


This case is from the UK.


this is labour law. Working time directive


1998 working time directive provided for a 13 week qualifying period.

no one could beenfit from it before 13 weeks. the enterinement, broadcasting nad cinematophraphic trade union challenged this.

the ECJ said the reason for the directive was to improve working condition as set out in the legislation.


states are allwoed to be more generosu but not less. The United Kingdom was overly restrictive. the 13 week rule was not allowed. it was incompatible with the directive. it effectively excluded many people from the law’s purview.

people in entertainment work on a very temproary basis and would miss out which is why their trades union mounted this action


About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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