Many workers are unable to take holidays

The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux has called for a Fair Employment Commission to protect workers’ rights after estimates showed that up to 50,000 employees have not received their statutory four weeks’ holiday entitlement.

The association based the figure on employment-related reports from individual citizens advice bureaux, which showed that one in 10 complaints related to paid holidays.

Richard Dunstan, employment expert at the association, told the Financial Times that a commission was needed because the gulf between rights in law and their enforcement in the work place is growing. “This is not being tackled,” he said.

The establishment of a Fair Employment Commission is opposed by employers’ bodies, which believe it will add further burdens to their legal duties.

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