West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, has welcomed the Government’s decision to give workers four extra days holidays a year from October, with another four days planned from April 2009.
As a member of the retail union, Usadw, Rosie has supported the case for extra holidays that will benefit up to six million workers.
“I very much welcome this extra holiday provision because the same way the national minimum wage created a level playing for wages this decision will create a level playing field for holidays. The extra holidays will mean retail workers get a proper rest from their demanding jobs and more time to spend with their families and friends."
“Businesses will also benefit, as well rested staff are absent less and are far more productive and motivated. I am delighted the DTI Employment Relations Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has taken on board all the arguments and recognised that in the modern flexible labour market hard-working staff need more holidays, which has clear benefits for shop workers and their employers.”
The new regulations will benefit those employees who did not receive bank holidays in addition to 4 weeks holiday entitlement. Employees who do receive 4 weeks plus bank holidays will not receive any additional holidays.
For more information visit the Department for Trade & Industry website http://www.dti.gov.uk/employment/holidays/index.html
The Government published on 12 June 2007 its response to the further consultation on increasing holiday entitlement.