John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said it is "wholly unnecessary" to require employers with more than 50 staff to consult workers according to fixed EU rules.
"EU-wide legislation on this matter is a bridge too far," he said. "It is bureaucracy gone mad. We don't need it and we don't want it. Businesses must be allowed to communicate with staff in ways that reflect national and local customs and practice."
"Thankfully, the British government and a number of other governments share our position and we anticipate that they will continue to do so."