WORKERS in companies with 50 employees or more will have sweeping rights to be informed and consulted about management decisions affecting their future following agreement by EU employment ministers on a new work directive.

Britain had held out against the legislation but gave in when it became clear that other Member States would out-vote it on the matter. However the UK government managed to have the decision put off until after the general election.

Britain won certain concessions, including a delay in implementing the ...

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