A European Court Has Ruled That You Should Be Paid For Your Work Commute

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Have you ever found yourself crammed into a suffocating commuter train, nostrils smushed against a fellow passenger's armpit as a flailing broadsheet threatens to go all Edward Scissorhands on your poor face, thinking: I should get paid to do this.

Well, according to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), you're right.

Europe's highest court has ruled that workers without a fixed office should be able to charge for the time such journeys last.

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This means that workers such as gas fitters, sales reps and electricians could be in breach of EU working time regulations.

The ruling seeks to protect the "health and safety" of workers. It said: "The fact that the workers begin and finish the journeys at their homes stems directly from the decision of their employer to abolish the regional offices and not from the desire of the workers themselves.

"Requiring them to bear the burden of their employer's choice would be contrary to the objective of protecting the safety and health of workers pursued by the directive, which includes the necessity of guaranteeing workers a minimum rest period."

Finally, there's a bright side to our grizzly commutes (but good luck convincing your boss.)