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TUC presses for public holiday

02 May 2008

TUC presses for public holiday The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has announced it will press for an extra bank holiday.

It revealed that it had repeated its call for a new autumn holiday in October to celebrate the "great British tradition of volunteering".

This could be good news for students who work part-time as they may get paid bank-holiday bonuses or double-time rate for working.

No bank holidays have been introduced since 1978 and the UK has the second lowest number of public holidays in Europe with eight a year, reports Personnel Today.

The TUC used the 30th anniversary of the introduction of May Day to rally the government for the day to celebrate and encourage volunteering and community activity.

Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said the new bank holiday would provide the nation with much-needed time with friends and family.

"Timing it around late October would also create a welcome pit-stop to break the gruelling four-month stint between the August bank holiday and the Christmas break.

"But a new bank holiday should not just be a day off work, it should be a special day that brings the nation together. What better cause for us all to celebrate than our great British tradition of volunteering."

The TUC claims to represent over six and a half million working people to campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

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