Bunch of liars, the lot of them
I was in farming when the Working Time Directive took effect, and that's an industry with a lot of intensive work.
You have to be there when the livestock need feeding. You have to work 12 hour days in harvest periods.
And there are ways, when everyone signs the correct paperwork, to lawfully do all that.
So I know what twelve hour days operating complex machinery feel like. And yet I see that as standard (with rotating shift patterns to keep total hours within WTD limits) in local industry. I know what it does to your clarity of thought and alertness.
And I've no reason to think 12-hour days are any better for programming computers.
All this will do is allow such reckless abuses of power to be easier. Tired workers will do more stupid things, and the bosses won't have to get any paperwork signed to set it up.
And there will suddenly be a lot more advertisements for jobs.
This government is cheerfully privatising the unemployment industry, and Tony's croneys have made big money out of the contracts. They even claim to provide education and training.
I'm glad I didn't get the forklift truck qualification. 12 hour shifts on that are an accident waiting to happen.