Literally it’s optional. You have to sign a waiver to opt out of it.
Before the directive they could demand overtime to be done past 48 hours, now they can’t unless you opt out. Only in the UK you can opt out, as our government negotiated this to let it pass.
Don’t apply for a job you can’t do, what a thought?
This is just startup culture, its ignorable. Personally I wouldn’t work for a startup for this exact reason.
Then again, I plan on moving to another country regardless as I dislike the UK’s lack of integration with our European cousins (for example, not using the euro)
I disagree. I should be able to work on whatever terms I agree to. A government shouldn’t be able to tell me how this is unless I’m avoiding tax. Minimum wages for example price people out of the labour market, as new hires with no experience become less valuable unless considerably cheaper. This isn’t possible under the minimum wage so you end up in catch 22 where you need experience to get into the job but can’t get the experience because you cost too much and they don’t want to train someone from scratch.