The Working Time Regulations 1998 give the right to 28 days paid holidays, breaks from work, and attempts to limit excessively long working hours.
The masters, being fewer in number, can combine much more easily; and the law, besides, authorises, or at least does not prohibit their combinations, while it prohibits those of the workmen.
We have no acts of parliament against combining to lower the price of work; but many against combining to raise it.
This works through collective bargaining, underpinned by the right to strike, and a growing set of rights of direct workplace participation.
Workers must be able to vote for trustees of their occupational pensions under the Pensions Act 2004.
In all such disputes the masters can hold out much longer.