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Company accepts I've opted out of WTR yet is holding me to WTR and refusing my overtime

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Do you know that the client isn’t aware that employees can opt out of WTR?


perhaps they do know, but just don’t want it happening.

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Let’s go to the source material.



These Regulations implement Council Directive 93/104/EC concerning certain aspects of the organization of working time (O.J. No. L307, 13.12.93, p.18) and provisions concerning working time...


you won’t find anything saying the employer is obliged to offer you hours just because you opted out; because it isn’t there. And that is, I believe, the meat of your debate.


you may persuade them somehow, but I don’t believe arguing a legal point is the way to do it. try charm, pleading  poverty, demonstrating your work quality is higher than other workers.

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Presumably the wish to work more hours is financially motivated.


Given that you are not going to go down the legal route as this appears very difficult and possibly expensive, then there is only one option remaining. Speak to your line manager and client about your wish to work more hours for financial reasons and if overtime was not available, that you will be faced with having to look for better paid employment options elsewhere.

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