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Demand for four extra Bank Holidays a year with one added between now and Christmas


England and Wales lag behind Scotland’s 11 and 10 in Northern Ireland while every EU country has more public holidays than England and Wales

The South West Coast Path is busy as holidaymakers and visitors flock to Durdle Door
The TUC says the number of holidays we get is ‘stingy’ compared to other countries

Union bosses are today calling for England and Wales to get four extra Bank Holidays a year and want one added between now and Christmas.

With just eight public holidays a year, England and Wales lag behind Scotland’s 11 and 10 in Northern Ireland.

And every EU country has more public holidays than England and Wales, with an average of 12.8 days.

As Wales and England enjoy their last Bank Holiday until Christmas today, the Trades Union Congress is calling for a minimum of 12 public holidays a year.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The August Bank Holiday will be a welcome break for everyone working hard to get us through the pandemic, especially those on the frontline. But after August, there’s no national holiday until Christmas. That’s because the number of holidays we get is so stingy compared to other nations.

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Ever EU country has more public holidays than England and Wales
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Romania, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland and Cyprus top the EU public holiday league table with 15 each, while Japan gets 17, Australia, 12, and New Zealand and China, 11, TUC research found.

Ms O’Grady said: “A few more public holidays would be a great way to thank working Britain for getting us through these tough times, and it would level us up with other workers around the world.




“It’s time for a national conversation – when should our new holidays be? What might they celebrate? An autumn holiday to break the long stretch to Christmas would be a good start.”

A study published by the European Trade Union Council today has shown British workers in unionised workplaces get an extra week of paid holiday compared to non-unionised staff.





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