Brussels, Nov 9 (EFE) .- An employee can be forced to work up to twelve consecutive days, according to the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU), which clarified today when it should be taken the weekly rest period provided for in Community legislation.
The court states that, although the regulations provide that all workers will enjoy, for each period of seven days, of a minimum period of uninterrupted rest of 24 hours, does not say that such a release should be enjoyed the next day to a period of six consecutive days of work.
that way, although the regulations provide for a rest day in a period of seven days, at the same time it allows you to work for seven consecutive days or even more.
The sentence is refers to the case of a Portuguese citizen who sued the firm for which he had worked considering that he had not granted the mandatory rest days to those he thought he had right.
The Oporto Tribunal to which he submitted this complaint went to the European judges to clarify whether the minimum weekly rest period of 24 hours to which the worker must be granted at the latest on the following day to a period of six consecutive days of work.
By its judgment delivered today, the Court of Justice declares that the Union law does not require that the minimum weekly rest period be granted at the latest on the following day to a period of six consecutive days of work, but that it be granted within of each seven-day period.
The Court notes that the European legislation on working time is limited to establishing minimum standards of worker protection and that countries they can apply more favorable provisions for the protection of the safety and health of workers, or favor or allow the application of collective agreements or agreements that are more beneficial