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Bosses to be told what carpet to buy

Euro law storm in a teabag (Daily Star, 12 January 2004, page 5)
New Euro laws will allow Brit workers to tell their bosses what colour carpets and brand of tea bags they want. The bizarre rules could mean firms would have to consult staff on many trivial issues, which, say angry Tories, will increase costs and undermine competitiveness.

The Worker Information and Consultation Directive 2001, which must now be put into the national laws of the fifteen EU countries, obliges all businesses with over fifty employees to provide for genuine information and consultation of their workers before all major decisions at the company, especially those affecting jobs. It makes no mention of tea bags or carpets.