Sick workers to get extra leave

WORKERS throughout the EU including Britain have the right to reclaim holiday time affected by illness, European judges ruled yesterday.

The European Court of Justice ruling was made after an appeal by a Spanish trade union.

The Luxembourg-based court said the EU Working Time Directive grants workers a right to at least four weeks’ paid annual leave “even where such leave coincides with periods of sick leave”. The UK’s opt-out from the Working Time Directive only applies to the 48-hour limit on the working week.